Sir Elton John has a spirit of gratitude, following news that he had contracted a potentially deadly bacterial infection.
The infection led to the 70-year-old musician having to cancel two months of performances in Las Vegas, Nevada. ET learned that John became violently ill recently during his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, following a tour of South America. Upon returning to the United Kingdom, he spent two nights in intensive care, followed by an extended stay in the hospital.
On Tuesday morning, the “Rocket Man” singer comforted fans by tweeting amid his recovery. “Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes,” he wrote. “Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I’m resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour.”
John then began retweeting some of the kind messages he was receiving from fans. “Hope you are resting up and getting better, Sir Elton. Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin, I’ve listened to your records since I was 6!” one tweet read.
“My best wishes for a speedy recovery to a piece of music’s history. Get well soon, Elton,” another fan wrote.
While John seems optimistic about returning to the stage, the infection is quite serious. According to a statement released by the music icon on Monday, his doctors have advised that he spend time resting at home, seeing as infections of this type are both “rare and potentially deadly.” Luckily, the singer-songwriter’s medical team identified the infection quickly, which resulted in successful treatment. He is “expected to make a full and complete recovery.”
“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them,” John said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well.”