Sir Elton John has thanked fans for their “avalanche of support and well wishes” and says he’s on the mend after being struck down by a serious infection.
Elton was forced to cancel a string of upcoming shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April and May after contracting a rare bacterial infection on a recent tour of South America.
The singer became violently ill on a return flight from Chile and spent two nights in intensive care, after which he returned home, according to a statement.
Elton John took to his Instagram to update fans and thank them for their support.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks so much to everyone for reaching out,” he wrote.
“I’m resting well and getting stronger every day. I’m looking forward to getting back on tour in June.”
Elton John is set to perform two north Queensland concerts in Mackay and Cairns in September.
A spokesperson for promoters Chugg Entertainment told Fairfax Media on Tuesday Elton’s illness wouldn’t affect the Australian tour dates.
Earlier, the Vegas venue The Colloseum at Caesars Palace explained in a statement: “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 UK, Elton’s doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection.
“After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday and is now comfortably resting at home per doctors 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.”