Elton John Cancels Upcoming Performances Due to ‘Potentially Deadly’ Illness

Musician contracted a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” in South America

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Elton John has canceled a string of concert dates after contracting a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” during his recent tour in South America.

John’s April/May performances of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been canceled, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.

According to a statement from John’s reps that was obtained by TheWrap, the musician became “violently ill” during a return flight from Santiago, Chile and was admitted to a hospital in the U.K. where he was treated for a “rare and potentially deadly” infection.

John was released from the hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is currently “expected to make a full and complete recovery.” He will resume regular performances with the show in Twickenham, England scheduled for Saturday June 3rd.

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