Patricia Altschul’s longtime butler and “Southern Charm” fan favorite Michael Kelcourse recently suffered an acute spinal cord stroke.
“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.
Kelcourse has been working for Altschul for 17 years. In her book, “The Art of Southern Charm,” she revealed that he began to work for her after his former employer, Lillian Bostwick, died.
She wrote (via Bravo), “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 later added that hiring Kelcourse was “best thing I could have done.”