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Sir Elton John is struck down by a 'deadly' infection

By Julia Hunt

Sir Elton John has cancelled a series of shows in the US after suffering from a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection that forced him to spend two nights in intensive care.

The 70-year-old singer contracted the infection during his recent tour of South America.

He became "violently ill" during the flight home from Santiago, Chile and was admitted to hospital.

Sir Elton is now back at home but has been forced to cancel the May and April performances of The Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He is also cancelling a scheduled performance for Bakersfield, California in May 6.

Sir Elton said: "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."

The star will be returning to his schedule of live performances in Twickenham, south west London, on June 3.

A statement from the star's representatives said he is now comfortably resting at home per doctors advice.

It added: "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."

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