Elton John Hospitalized With “Serious Respiratory Infection,” Cancels Vegas Show

Gay pop icon Elton John checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday after a respiratory infection forced him to wrap up his Million Dollar Piano show in Las Vegas early.

John first reported becoming ill over the weekend while performing at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, according to a statement on his website:

Elton developed a serious respiratory infection last weekend while performing at The Colosseum on Sunday, May 20. This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest, resulting in Elton being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, where he remained throughout the day for extensive tests. Those tests resulted in the attending Cedars-Sinai physician recommending that Elton not perform any concerts for approximately seven days with complete rest and antibiotic treatment to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage.

The shows for May 24, May 25 and May 27 have been scuttled but the Bitch will be back.

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