Michael Kelcourse, The Bulter from “Southern Charm” Hospitalized after Spinal Cord Stroke
Michael Kelcourse, the beloved butler of "Southern Charm" star Patricia Altschul's butler, has been hospitalized after a spinal cord stroke. Photo: The Glam Pad

Patricia Altschul’s longtime butler and “Southern Charm” fan favorite Michael Kelcourse recently suffered an acute spinal cord stroke, Pagesix cites.

“I am sorry to inform you that Michael Kelcourse, affectionately known as ‘Michael The Butler’, recently suffered an acute spinal cord infarction which is often called a ‘spinal cord stroke,'” Altschul’s son Whitney Sudler-Smith told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “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. Thank you for respecting Michael’s privacy during this challenging time.”

It is unclear why Kelcourse is receiving treatment in Atlanta, as he and Altschul reside in Charleston.

Altschul, 79, has not spoken out on Kelcourse’s stroke but did tell a fan on Instagram last Wednesday that Kelcourse had been scheduled to get a COVID-19 vaccine that Friday.

Michael Kelcourse, The Bulter from “Southern Charm” Hospitalized after Spinal Cord Stroke
Michael Kelcourse has worked for the reality star for 17 years. Photo: The New York Times

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According to People, Michael Kelcourse has worked for the reality star for nearly two decades and has appeared alongside Altschul on Southern Charm since season 1.

Back in 2019, Michael revealed to Decider that he bonds with Patricia over numerous things: "We love Bravo. We also love to do things, silly things like we love to go to antiquing and to thrift stores." Michael lives on Patricia's property - in 2018 he explained just how much the duo looks after one another: "When she's been ill, I've looked after her. When I've been ill, she's looked after me."

He added: "The employer usually looks after the domestic because we do make their lives possible to a certain level and they make our lives possible to a very nice level also." That is both logical and heartwarming."

As for how the two crossed paths, Patricia explained in her book, The Art of Southern Charm, that it occurred after Michael's previous employer passed away, reported The Sun.

"I met with Michael immediately and persuaded him to come work for me, even as he was finishing his responsibilities in the Bostwick household," she wrote, adding that hiring him was "the best thing I could have done."

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