Elton John is on the road to recovery following a frightening health scare.
The music legend has canceled all of his scheduled live performances for April and May while he recovers from a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection,” Access Hollywood learned on Monday.
According to a statement from Elton’s rep, the singer became “violently ill” while flying home from a two-week South American tour with James Taylor earlier this month. After undergoing “immediate treatment,” Elton had an extended hospital stay that included two nights in the intensive care unit.
Elton is now “comfortably resting at home” following his release on Saturday and is “expected to make a full and complete recovery,” the statement continued.
While “infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly,” the statement assured fans that “Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully.”
The canceledshows include his “Million Dollar Piano” Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and a stop in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 6.
Elton is set to resume performing on June 3, kicking off a European tour in Twickenham, England.
“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,” he said in a statement released to Access on Monday.
Caesars Palace and AEG also issued an apology, and confirmed that affected ticket holders will be refunded. In addition, “The Million Dollar Piano” will resume this October with specific dates to be announced soon.
— Erin Biglow