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Elton John performs on stage at Staples Center on Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Elton John canceled weeks of performances due to a 'harmful and unusual' infection


Elton John canceled more than a month of upcoming shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas due to a "harmful and unusual" infection he contracted during his recent South American tour. 

"During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill," Ceasar's Palace said in a statement posted to Facebook. "Upon returning to the UK, Elton's doctors admitted him to the hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Ceasar's Palace noted that the 70-year-old singer spent two days in intensive care before being released on April 22. 

The infection John contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," John's representative indicated. However, the singer is expected to make a full recovery. 

"I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them," John said in a statement. "I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

All of John's "The Million Dollar Piano" shows at Caesars Palace, as well as a show scheduled for May 6 in Bakersfield, California, have been canceled. 

John is expected to return to the stage in Twickenham, England, on June 3. 

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