Southern Charm fans were shocked and saddened when Michael Kelcourse unexpectedly suffered a spinal cord stroke in 2021, landing him in the hospital and in therapy for months afterward. Michael, who worked with Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul as her butler, was known for his knack for crafting the perfect martini and helping PatriciaÂ pull off her impressive dinner parties.
When Season 8 of the Bravo hit premiered Thursday (June 23), life for Patricia and her costars had shifted in Michael’s absence; he stepped away from the show following his stroke.
Without Michael onÂ Southern Charm, fans were left wondering, how isÂ Michael doing after his stroke? Read on for an update on everyone’s favorite Bravo butler.
What Happened to Michael the Butler onÂ Southern Charm?
Michael suffered an acute spinal cord infarction in February 2021. Patricia’s son, Whitney Sudler-Smith,Â confirmed the news to The Daily Dish, sharing at the time, “Although this tragedy has caused significant nerve damage and impairment, with the help of the outstanding physicians at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, we are hopeful Michael will soon recover.”
Patricia kept her followers posted on Michael’s recovery journey in the months following his stroke, sharing his progress in physical therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2021, and later marking his move to a new assisted living home in Florida in February.
How Is Michael fromÂ Southern CharmÂ Doing Now?
After having Michael by her side for nearly two decades, Patricia formed a close relationship with him. In theÂ Southern CharmÂ Season 8 premiere, Patricia shared an update on Michael’s recovery and said she was “shocked” by what happened to him, even over a year later.
“Michael had what is known as a spinal stroke, so he is paralyzed from the chest down, which kind of struck me in the heart,” Altschul said, per The Daily Dish. She added, “Iâm still shocked by the whole thing, because he had been with us for 18 years. My longest marriage lasted 15 years, so Michael is the most stable relationship Iâve ever had.”
Michael is now staying in an assisted living home in Florida, according to The Daily Dish. He stays active on Instagram, where he often posts updates from life in Florida.
Patricia keeps fans updated, too, sharing just weeks ago that Michael was “out today lunching at his favorite seafood restaurant in Sarasota, Florida.” She wrote, “Besides living in a beautiful assisted living residence .. he is near to his family as well.” We miss you, Michael!
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