Elton John Announces He Has Walking Pneumonia While on Tour


Elton John is currently in the midst of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, said to be his final tour with international stops. During his show in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday, he announced to the crowd that he had just been diagnosed with walking pneumonia.

John, 72, took to social media with the news, thanking fans for attending the gig in Auckland and delivering his condolences for what may have been a less-than-perfect performance.

“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland,” John began. “I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible. I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more.”

He continued, “I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), walking pneumonia is caused by “atypical” bacteria in the lungs and is milder than pneumonia.

The singer did not mention how his diagnosis may affect future shows. He is set to play two more shows in Auckland on February 18th and 20th before moving on to do shows in Australia, CNN reports.

Just last weekend, John took home an Oscar for Music (Original Song) in “Rocketman.” He accepted the award alongside lyricist Bernie Taupi.

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