Elton John feels 'lucky to be alive'
July 10th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Elton John feels 'lucky to be alive'

After canceling the remainder of his European tour because of appendicitis, Elton John is counting his blessings.

The 66-year-old legend told U.K. paper The Sun that he's "lucky to be alive" after falling ill during the tour.

John was diagnosed with an "appendix abscess," and will undergo surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks. Initially, the singer thought his stomach pain was from food poisoning, but by Friday's concert in Germany the suffering became too much and he sought treatment.

"I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time," John said. “I feel so lucky and so grateful to be alive. I played nine gigs and the White Tie and Tiara Summer Ball in agony.”

The father of two does plan to return to the road after recovering from surgery, which will take place once "doctors can be confident they have sufficiently reduced toxins within the inflamed appendicitis site," John's rep said Tuesday.

"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates," his rep continued. "To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013."


Filed under: Celebrities • Elton John • Music

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  1. Bill

    What his problem from over-insertion?

    July 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pitt04

    No matter what you personally think about Elton Johns private life, the man is talented.
    Benny and Jets still is rocking in my head from the 1970's like it was yesterday..::)

    July 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?

    BISMILLAH, NO! We will no let you go!

    July 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me

    HE'S JUST A POOR BOY FROM A POOR FAMILY, SPARE HIM HIS LIFE FROM THIS MONSTROSITY!

    July 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PARAMOOSE, PARAMOOSE, WILL YOU DO THE FANDANGO?

    Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening me! (Galileo) Galileo. (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro. MAGNIFICO!

    July 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ITS THE PARAMOOSE BEAUTY QUEEN...THANKS...PRINT AND FILE

    -

    July 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Unbiased observation

    With the incalculable gallons of infected diseased sperm that's been injected into his promiscuous anal cavity, lucky to be alive is an understatement. And we're all richer for it, as he is an indisputable musical talent. Too bad Freddy Mercury didn't have such luck.

    July 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOOBIE MOVIE LATER...

    July 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. M.A.P.

    I love his song Daniel, it always gets stuck in my head.

    July 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    July 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 69

    Elton is living for today 69 is very far away yet.

    July 10, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Can't believe Elton John is 66!

    I wonder how he will celebrate is birthday 3 years from now when he turns 69?

    July 10, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. California Lawyer

    Is he suppose too be hacked into personal information?

    July 10, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Q: What's the difference between Princess Diana and Elton John?

    A: Princess Diana never became a queen of England

    July 10, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stu Kutz

    the master, one of the best vocal singer in history, one of the greatest piano players in history billy joel is number 2–Elton John–Bless you

    July 10, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Goaty McCheese

    What?

    July 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |

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