Singer Elton John, 70, contracted a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection in South America and is currently recuperating.
John reportedly fell “violently ill” while on a flight from Santiago, Chile to Britain and received immediate emergency treatment in a UK hospital.
Doctor are said to have worked quickly to remove the infection, but John reportedly was forced to stay in the hospital for 12 days, two of which were spent in intensive care, before being released on April 22.
As a result, the singer has cancelled a handful of Las Vegas shows as he continues to recover.
“During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection,” his representative said in a statement. “During his return flight from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Elton’s Doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection.
“Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.”
John himself added: “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.”
John will return to the stage to perform at Twickenham Stadium in England on June 3.
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
Elton John is the eighth-highest-certified music artist in the US (77 million album certifications).