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Elton John Cancels Shows Due To Illness

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(photo: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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LONDON (KXNT/AP) — Elton John has canceled a show in London’s Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis that will require surgery.

A statement issued Tuesday by the musician’s publicist said John was suffering from an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.

He has been advised by doctors to cancel his concerts while he undergoes a regime of antibiotics to treat the abscess. That will be followed by surgery in the next few weeks.

The 66-year-old performer is expected to be back on stage in early September.  John’s next series of concerts at the Caesars Palace Colosseum is scheduled to begin September 19th.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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