Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul’s butler, Michael Kelcourse, has suffered a stroke, People reports. Kelcourse is currently in the hospital after an acute spinal cord stroke that left him with “significant nerve damage and impairment,” according to Altshcul’s son, Whitney Sudler-Smith.
Sudler-Smith confirmed the news with Bravo blog The Daily Dish. “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,’” Sudler-Smith said. “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.”
Kelcourse, who emerged as a Southern Charm fan favorite, has been working for Altschul for nearly two decades, beginning in 2004, when he first came to work for the reality star. Souther Charm viewers know Kelcourse for his famous martinis and his memorable banter on the show. He also makes frequent appearances on Altschul’s Instagram.
In a 2018 interview with The Daily Dish, Sudler-Smith raved about his mother’s longtime employee. “Michael, he’s devoted to mom. He’s the nicest guy in the world. He’s invaluable to my mom because he helps with her coterie of animals.”
Sudler-Smith praised Kelcourse as “a master of the craft of butler service,” adding, “He knows everything. He knows history of how to serve [like] the correct silverware, [as well as] decor [and] decoration. He’s a master of this lost art. There are butler schools and academies and this and that, but he can teach these academies. He’s a master, essentially.”
In her 2017 book, “The Art of Southern Charm,” Altschul recalled hiring Kelcourse after his previous employer had died, calling her decision to bring him on as her butler the “best thing I could have done.”
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