The Malta Independent 5 August 2020, Wednesday

Watch: Emotional Elton John halts New Zealand gig after pneumonia diagnosis

Sunday, 16 February 2020, 19:31 Last update: about 7 months ago

A visibly upset Sir Elton John has been forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand after falling ill with walking pneumonia, the BBC reports.

The musician, 72, lost his voice mid-way through his set at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

"I've just completely lost my voice. I can't sing," Sir Elton told the crowd. "I've got to go. I'm sorry."

Sir Elton appeared to break down in tears as he leaned on his piano and shook his head.

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The audience gave the English singer a rapturous ovation as he walked gingerly off stage, helped by several assistants.

Earlier in his set, Sir Elton told the sold-out crowd he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Sunday.

The concert was one of a number of New Zealand shows on Sir Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Walking pneumonia, also called atypical pneumonia, is a type of lung infection often caused by bacteria or viruses.

It is less severe than other types of pneumonia, with most sufferers not requiring medical attention. Symptoms are comparable to those of a bad cold, often including a cough, chest pain, a sore throat and a headache.

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