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Elton John cancels shows to recover from “potentially deadly” bacterial infection

By | Published on Tuesday 25 April 2017

Elton John

Elton John has been forced to cancel a series of shows after a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection resulted in two days in intensive care.

According to the musician’s management, John became violently ill at the conclusion of a South American tour last week. He subsequently returned to the UK for urgent treatment, where he was placed in an intensive care unit. Specifics of the condition are not known, except that the infection was “rare and potentially deadly”.

A spokesperson added that, “thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified [the infection] quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery”.

John is now resting at home and is hoping to return to the stage for his 3 Jun show at Twickenham. But nine North American gigs will have to be cancelled to allow time for a full recovery.

In a statement, John himself said: “I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well”.