Gay British singer/songwriterSir Elton John has cancelled his upcoming “Million Dollar Piano” performances at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas after becoming violently ill on a flight from Santiago, Chile to the U.K. — the flight came at the end of his South American tour. After the flight, the 70-year-old pop performer was hospitalized for several days for a “harmful and unusual … rare and potentially deadly” bacterial infection. The hospital released him on Saturday and he is currently resting at home, per doctor’s orders.
John’s representative told The New York Times, “Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.” Upon hearing reports of John’s illness, John’s husband David Furnish reportedly rushed to John’s side from his vacation with their children in Aspen, Colorado.
Along with the Las Vegas appearances, John has also cancelled a May 6 show in California. John and his team have not yet announced whether they will reschedule or reimburse fans for the cancelled show, but in a statement to fans, John said, “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.”
This marks the third time the singer has fallen ill in the last decade. In 2013, he postponed a tour following surgery and antibiotic treatment for appendicitis; in 2012, he cancelled his Las Vegas appearances because of a respiratory infection; and in 2009, he had an E. coli infection and the flu.
Those worried about the singer’s health (or tour dates) should know that he has not cancelled his scheduled June 3 performance at London’s Twickenham Stadium. In Twitter post published today at 6:10 a.m., John wrote his fans, “Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes. Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I’m resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour.”