Elton John Hospitalized for Respiratory Infection

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Elton John has canceled three Las Vegas performances on doctors’ orders after spending the day in a Los Angeles hospital for a “serious respiratory infection.”

The singer became ill last weekend while performing his show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, according to a statement on his website.

“This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest,” said the statement.

John checked into  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday for extensive tests that resulted in a doctor’s recommendation he take a week of rest and antibiotics to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage.

“It feels strange not to be able to perform these Million Dollar Piano concerts at The Colosseum,” said John in a statement. “I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return to The Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can’t be with you. I hope to see you soon at this wonderful theatre at Caesars Palace.”

He will miss the final four concerts scheduled at the Colosseum, bringing an abrupt end to the first of three years of performances scheduled at Caesars Palace.

“Million Dollar Piano” will resume in Las Vegas in October. Ticket holders are eligible for refunds or exchanges at the site where they bought tickets, according to officials at Caesars Palace.

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