ELTON John broke down in tears as he cut short a gig last night after telling the crowd “my voice is shot”.
The legendary musician, 72, was diagnosed with “walking pneumonia” prior to his concert in Auckland, NZ, and unable to make it to the end of his set.
The condition is a milder form of pneumonia – inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs – that doesn’t require bed rest or hospital treatment.
It can feel like you’ve got a cold, experts at the Mayo Clinic note, who add it’s often caused by a type of bacteria that produces milder symptoms that strike more gradually than those that trigger more serious forms of pneumonia.
Elton shared a picture of a medic escorting him off stage on Instagram and wrote: “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland.
“I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible.
“I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had.
“Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx.”
The moment when Elton realised he couldn’t go on came as he was about to launch into his track Daniel from behind his black Yamaha piano.
Rising to his feet in a blue suit, he looked gutted to end the show prematurely.
He told the crowd: “I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing. I’ve got to go.”
The signs weren’t good at the beginning of the concert when Elton said: “My voice is shot.”
He was later checked over by a medic and said: “I don’t know how much longer I can sing.
“I just don’t have anything left. I will try but I just can’t promise anything.”
Elton has suffered a number of health issues in recent years but has bounced back each time.
Last year he revealed he secretly battled prostate cancer in 2017 which left him incontinent and crippled with pain from a rare complication.
The singer also suffered a near death experience just months later and was rushed to intensive care after contracting a life-threatening disease, where doctors told him he’d had just 24 hours to live.
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