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Elton John says 'I'm lucky to be alive' after health scare

The singer was forced to pull his gig in London's Hyde Park on Friday (July 12) due to appendicitis

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Sir Elton John has revealed that he nearly died of the appendicitis which forced him to pull all his summer tour dates, including his gig at London's Hyde Park on Friday (July 12).

The singer told The Sun he thought the crippling pain he felt was food poisoning. It later transpired it was an appendix abscess.

"I'm lucky to be alive," he said. "I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and so grateful to be alive."

The singer was due to headline London's Hyde Park on Friday (July 12) as well as the Collisioni festival in Italy last night (July 9) and a show in Germany tomorrow (July 11). Other July dates including festivals in Spain, France and Monaco have also been cancelled.

A statement on the singer's website yesterday said: "Sir Elton is currently undergoing a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the UK in the coming weeks, once doctors can be confident they have sufficiently reduced toxins within the inflamed appendicitis site." It added that the 66-year-old singer will not return to touring until he has fully recovered from the surgery.

"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such superhuman efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013," a spokesperson said.

Friday's show in Hyde Park will go ahead with performers including former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Gabrielle Aplin. Existing ticket holders will receive a full refund automatically. Free tickets for the show on Friday are available here while stocks last. Existing, refunded tickets are still valid.

James Russell, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks said: "I know that many people were looking forward to seeing Elton John perform on the Great Oak Stage this Friday and we wish him well. We still have a fantastic line-up for Friday night and this gives us the opportunity to extend our free offering for this event, giving more fans the opportunity to see and experience everything Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has to offer."

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