Elton John cancels a ton of concerts so he can recover from ‘rare and potentially deadly’ infection

Elton John is cancelling every scheduled concert in April and May in order to recover from a dangerous bacterial infection he contracted during his most recent tour. The 70-year-old Rocket Man won’t be able to perform at his Las Vegas residency, The Million Dollar Piano, during that time, but he is expected to hit the road again in June.

John contracted the infection sometime last week and “became violently ill” while flying home after his last tour stop in South America. He was rushed to the hospital when they landed, “where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection,” per a statement from one of John’s representatives provided to People.

After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.

If all goes according to plan, John will return to live performances on June 3, in Twickenham, England, which is apparently a real place just southwest of London and not, as I had suspected, an elaborate prank to make me type the most hilariously British sounding place possible. John also released his own personal statement thanking his fans and the hospital staff.

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

Good. 2017 is already bad enough. We don’t need another rash of beloved celebrity deaths like 2016 gave us, too.

[People | Photo: Getty]