Elton John hospitalized, cancels shows after bacterial infection

Elton John was hospitalized late last week after returning home to the U.K. from a South American tour with a bacterial infection, his representatives said in a statement.

John’s infection, which was said in the statement to be “harmful and unusual”, surfaced during a flight home from Santiago, Chile in which he became ill.

“Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly,” the statement said, per the Los Angeles Times.

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John, who is currently resting and recovering at home, cancelled scheduled Las Vegas performances through the month of May as well as a performance in Bakersfield, California. Variety reports John is expected to make a full recovery and resume performing in June.

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

Photo: By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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