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Martin Kemp credits George Michael with finding his brain doctor

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Jan 30, 2014 | 3:45am EST

Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp has credited his longtime friend George Michael with saving his life by finding the specialist who beat his brain tumour. The 1980s pop star was diagnosed with a tumour just two years after he had a previous growth surgically removed, and he later underwent a revolutionary medical procedure to shrink it. Kemp went on to make a full recovery and he has now revealed the Faith hitmaker was instrumental in securing him the life-saving treatment as he helped the singer's wife, Pepsi & Shirlie star Shirlie Holliman, track down the specialist. In an interview on U.K. TV show Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Kemp says, "Shirlie went off with George Michael and they found this professor and he said to me, 'They haven't tried it before but there's a machine in Barts Hospital called stereotactic radiation where they zap it from all different angles'. They'd only tried it on cancer patients and never on a benign tumour so they didn't know if it was going to work. I went there and within 20 minutes of being zapped the thing started to die. So it was a lot of stress and a lot of worry, but I'd finally reached the end of it... He's a special person, George. He's been a good friend to us for years." Kemp goes on to reveal Michael also helped set him up with his wife and even joined the couple on their first date. The singer adds, "'It's funny because I remember the first date that Shirlie and I ever went on. George came as a chaperone. I spent the whole evening trying to lose him so that me and Shirlie could sneak off somewhere and snog (kiss)."

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