Pink Floyd’s ‘Dave Gilmour’ is unwell: impersonator racks up huge hospital bill
PINK Floyd’s Dave Gilmour is not unwell. He is not staying at Minnesota’s St. Cloud Hospital. The man signing autographs and racking up a $100,000 bill is Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 53. He’s now under arrest.When Schaeffer was booked into hospital he told medics he was David Gilmour. He said he had no health insurance.
Still, he was treated and sent home.
Such is the universal pleasure in spotting a famous face that Schaeffer was asked to sign an autograph for a hospital employee’s son.
But some wary doctors were uncertain that this really was the Pink Floyd band member. When ‘Gilmour’ went back to hospital for further treatment, they questioned him. He said Pink Floyd were on tour in Canada. He said he had insurance from Lloyds of London. They did not hand him a guitar and order him to play it. Dr. David Covington “doubted that Schaeffer’s accent was one that he would expect from Gilmour”.
Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistle tells us:
“There was some discussion among security staff leading people to believe that he really wasn’t David Gilmour.So our security supervisor pulled up the security camera shots of when this man entered the hospital and compared them to pictures on the Internet of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and determined he was not David Gilmour.”
Good honest detective work wins again.