Elton John Was Hospitalized Because Of A Rare Infection And Is Canceling All His Vegas Shows

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It looks as if the iconic singer will be fine after a health scare, but Elton John will be taking some time away from the stage after a disconcerting hospitalization over the weekend. The “Rocket Man” and “Your Song” singer was hospitalized with what is being described as a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” that he seems to have contracted during a recent South American tour. The infection is not only rare but “potentially deadly” so it is lucky that doctors seemingly were able to treat the problem effectively right away.

In a longer statement, his team revealed,

“During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill. Upon returning to the U.K., Elton’s doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22, and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice.”

As a result of the illness, Elton’s team has announced that all of his “Million Dollar Piano” shows in Las Vegas for the months of April and May as well as a few other shows around California. If all goes well and according to plan, Elton will return be back in performing shape by the time he is expected to play in the UK at the beginning of June. For any fans disappointed he won’t be able to perform for the next few months, the singer and pianist released a statement directly to apologize, saying,

“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.”

It might not make up for canceled Vegas flights and hotel reservations gone unused, but like any devoted performer, it’s not surprising that Elton is making sure to give a nod to his fans during this tough time.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)