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Elton John Cancels Shows Due to Deadly Infection

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Elton John has canceled multiple shows in Vegas and California, beginning today until May 6 after suffering from “rare and potentially deadly” bacterial infection during a tour in South America.

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He was rushed to intensive care and spent two nights at a hospital in Britain. Elton John was released on Saturday and is now resting at his home.

“During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill. Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully,” the singer’s representative said. “He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.”

“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well,” the singer said.

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This is not the first time, the singer, who just turned 70, has suffered from serious illness. While he was touring in Las Vegas in 2012, the singer battled with a respiratory infection, which also resulted to canceling his last four concerts. He also had an appendicitis operation in 2013 and was forced to cancel a show in London’s Hyde Park.

In an interview with Telegraph, Elton John said he considered these series of ailments as a “wake-up call”. Pertaining to the time he was battling with appendicitis for over a week, he said, “I knew I was sick but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball. I could have easily died.”

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“Of course, your sense of your mortality kicks in. This is a wake-up call. I’m 66 not 36 anymore. I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children. I don’t have to tour. I don’t need the money. I just love playing,” he continued.

Elton John is said to return to the stage on June 3 in London. His Million Dollar Piano tour made its debut performance on September 28, 2011. It is due to end in May 2018.

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