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(CBS News) George Michael reportedly experienced a rare condition called "foreign accent syndrome" following a medical scare thatnearly took his lifelast December.

Michael toldLBC radio stationin London on Tuesday that following his life-threatening bout of pneumonia that left the 48-year-old former Wham! frontman in a coma, he awoke with a new accent.

"I swear this is true," the 49-year-old told London's LBC radio station on Tuesday, reportsAFP. "I came out of my coma talking in this West Country accent."

"The doctors were worried that I had this condition where some people wake up speaking French or some language they learned at school," Michael said. "There's nothing wrong with a West Country accent but it's a bit weird when you're from north London."


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