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Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2013

Elton John postpones summer tour due to appendicitis, says he’s ‘grateful to be alive’

A spokesman for the “Rocket Man”, Sir Elton John, has announced that John’s summer tour is being postponed because the singer is suffering from appendicitis, according to the singer’s website July 9.

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“The multi-award-winning artist had called in doctors after falling ill during his recent European tour. Following a number of exploratory scans and blood tests with his medical team in the UK, a diagnosis of appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis has been confirmed.”

USA Today reports that Sir Elton had struggled through recent European shows in pain, thinking he had food poisoning.

He later learned “I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”

He added: “I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive.”

“Sir Elton is currently undergoing a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the UK in the coming weeks, once doctors can be confident they have sufficiently reduced toxins within the inflamed appendicitis site”, according to a release on his website.

The spokesman confirmed Sir Elton will not return to touring until he has fully recovered from both the planned surgery and any damage caused by the appendix abscess. He added, “Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013.”

 

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