Sir Elton John said he was “deeply upset and sorry” that he interrupted a concert after being diagnosed with walking pneumonia in New Zealand.
Sir Elton was performing at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday when he lost his voice and burst into tears on stage.
Posting on Instagram after the show, the star said: “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s concert in Auckland.
“I played and sang with all my heart, until my voice couldn’t sing anymore. I am disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave everything I had.
“I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible.”
In tears, Sir Elton John forced to quit show mid-term due to illness
What is foot pneumonia?
According to the American Lung Association, foot pneumonia is a “non-medical term for a mild case of pneumonia.”
It can be caused by bacteria or viruses; the medical term “atypical pneumonia” – introduced in the 1930s – is given to any pneumonia not caused by one of the pathogens most commonly associated with the disease.
Symptoms include a cough, fever, chest pain, mild chills, and a headache, and are similar to a bad cold, although there are few physical signs in general.
Symptoms are usually mild enough for a person to continue with their daily activities, and this is called “walking pneumonia” because you can often still be standing and moving around. The patient generally looks better than the symptoms suggest.
The disease is diagnosed by chest x-rays, which may show signs of infection before physical signs of atypical pneumonia are observable.
Will Elton John recover?
Foot pneumonia is usually not as serious as other types of pneumonia and does not require bed rest or hospitalization.
In images shared by fans on social media, Sir Elton was seen crying as he was escorted off the stage as thousands of spectators gave him a standing ovation.
According to a fan on social media, Sir Elton had told audiences earlier on the show: “My voice is completely gone, I’m so sorry.”
He was treated by a doctor for about five minutes and continued to play before he was forced to come to a complete stop.
Sir Elton is due to give two more concerts in Auckland this week. He was allowed to perform the remaining two shows, but the second show was moved to February 19 to allow for additional rest.
His current tour, which began in 2018 and includes more than 300 concerts worldwide, is meant to be his last, after the singer said he wanted to spend more time with her husband, David Furnish, and their two young sons. .
The Auckland performance comes less than a week after Sir Elton and his writing partner Bernie Taupin won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the track “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”, composed for the Rocketman biopic.