Elton John Forced to Cut New Zealand Show Short Due to Walking Pneumonia

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 Elton John was forced to bring his concert in New Zealand to an abrupt close when he lost his voice onstage as an onset of walking pneumonia. 

The 72-year-old "Rocket Man" was performing in Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium when he lost his voice and needed to be helped off onstage, visibly upset.

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"I want to thank everyone who attended the #EltonFarewellTour gig in Auckland tonight," the 72-year-old music icon posted to twitter. "I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible."

He also took to Instagram after show, thanking his fans for their "extraordinary support and all the love" they showed during his performance. 

Walking pneumonia, also referred to as atypical pneumonia, is a type of lung infection often caused by bacteria or viruses. It is less severe than other types of pneumonia, and its symptoms are comparable to that of a bad cold. 

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According to The New Zealand Herald, John was slumped over the piano at one point, requiring medical attention. He then rallied through his classics, including "Candle in the Wind" and "All the Girls Love Alice" until he realized during the song "Daniel" that he had "completely lost [his] voice," and "[couldn't] sing." 

Despite the singer's emotional frustrations, the concertgoers supported him till his final moments onstage, expressing their sympathy through an ovation. 

“Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night,” the promoters said in their statement. 

John has been resting in recovery, with a concert planned for Tuesday in Auckland postponed until Wednesday on doctor's orders. 

His tour promoters have shared since that John intends to perform his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will continue until the end of this year. 

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