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Elton John Contracted A 'Rare And Potentially Deadly' Bacterial Infection On Tour!

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We just hope he's okay!

According to his rep, Elton John contracted a "rare and potentially deadly" bacterial infection after completing the South American leg of his tour. Because of this, the Tiny Dancer singer is forced to cancel all of his April and May performances of his residency The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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A spokesperson said:

"During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection… During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill. Upon returning to the U.K., Elton's doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Luckily, the 70-year-old is out of the hospital and is doing well. The rep continued:

"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."

In addition to his Sin City concert dates, the pianist will have to forego his May 6 performance in Bakersfield, CA. Fortunately for his U.K. fans, John WILL resume his touring on June 3 with a gig at Twickenham, England.

The musician wants to thank his fans AND his medical staff for their incredible support during this difficult time.

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

Rest up, Elton!

[Image via WENN.]

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