Elton John Ends New Zealand Show Early Due to Pneumonia

Elton John Ends New Zealand Show Early Due to Pneumonia

Sir Elton John is currently on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, his very last tour before retirement. It's been almost two years since the legendary artist hit the road in September 2018, and the tour isn't expected to end until 2021.

On Sunday, Elton was performing in Auckland, New Zealand when he had to cut his show short. On social media, the 72-year-old explained that this was because he was sick, and had lost his voice mid-way through the concert.

"I want to thank everyone who attended the #EltonFarewellTour gig in Auckland tonight. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible," the British singer wrote. "I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. 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."

He ended his message, "I am eternally grateful."

Fans and friends are all wishing for Sir Elton John's speedy recovery, and sending messages of support online. But there shouldn't be cause for too much worry about his health for now. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), walking pneumonia is milder than typical pneumonia — though it may lead to a more serious lung infection if not treated.

Here's to hoping he gets well soon!

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