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Elton John Escorted Off Stage After Pneumonia Diagnosis

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By Nicole Brandy Ryan

This past Sunday, Elton John had to be helped off of the stage after cutting his New Zealand concert short. The 72-year-old singer had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier that day. Yet, the unwavering star was determined to give Auckland a great show and went on anyways. However, midway through the concert, the "Rocketman" singer lost his voice and was unable to go on. He had made it through 15 of the 25 songs on his setlist.

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An Emotional Moment

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Elton John was visibly emotional when he could no longer carry on. As the singer was in the middle of singing his classic hit, "Daniel," his voice grew hoarse. He ended up being helped off the stage by two crew members. As the crew members were bringing John offstage, the crowd burst into a standing ovation for the singer. Elton John showed his thanks by ending his Instagram post saying, “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.”

Outpouring of Love

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After Elton announced "I've just completely lost my voice—I can't sing, I've got to go," the crowd lovingly chanted "Elton, Elton." The outpouring of love didn't stop with the audience, however. Fans continued to show their support for the star online, saying comments like "You did an amazing job, sir. Rest now, recover, be patient. We’ll be here waiting for you!" and "Get well soon dear Elton." Although Elton himself was greatly disappointed, none of his fans seemed to mind.

He's Still Standing

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The two remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia are still set to go on as scheduled, his tour promoters said Monday. Elton John will return to Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on Thursday. As for right now, Elton is taking time to rest, relax, and recover. Elton continues to show why he is a legend in the industry. His determination to his fans and to his music makes him the stand out star that he is. He never disappoints his audience, even in the face of illness.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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The recent concerts are a part of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Upon finishing his shows in Australia, Elton will be traveling to the United States and Canada. John's farewell tour has been going on since September of 2018, when the singer announced he would be retiring from touring in order to spend more time with his family, specifically raising his two young boys. To date, the tour has consisted of over three hundred shows all over the world.

Not Slowing Down

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Despite his recent health setback, Elton shows no sign of slowing down. His career is still soaring, even five decades in. Prior to his Auckland performance, he had just performed at the Academy Awards, where he won an Oscar for best original song for his theme song for the movie Rocketman. The film was a huge success, also being nominated for two Golden Globes. Taron Egerton, who played Elton in the film, won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Elton John is a staple in the music industry who definitely won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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