Singer George Michael has woken up after he fell ill with pneumonia, raising hopes of his concerned fans over his recovery.
The 48-year-old star is being treated in Austria's AKH hospital after he was taken there from a private home in the city after his condition deteriorated.
The 'Careless Whispers' singer 'woke up' at lunchtime.
"George has woken up and he's in good spirits," the Daily Mail quoted a friend as saying.
"Doctors are very pleased with him - and he's making progress.
"He's been in terrible pain. He's had a dreadful chest infection - but he's been in good care. He's in very capable hands," the friend stated.
The concerned friend also added that Michael is in a 'very serious condition' and that he 'needed rest'.
"This is a very serious condition. It cannot be understated. George needs rest. It takes ages to recover. It is serious - but he is in good hands," the friend said.
Doctors had brought in a special bed for the star, which is used to assist breathing for patients who have suffered bad cases of pneumonia.
"George is improving. He's happy - and smiling," another friend added.