Sir Elton John has been forced to cancel a series of live shows after spending time in intensive care.

The singer was struck down with a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection that forced him to spend two nights being supported by specialist hospital equipment.  The 70-year-old contracted the infection during his recent tour of South America.

He was “violently ill” during a flight back to the UK from Santiago, Chile, and was admitted to hospital as soon as he arrived in his home country.  He then spent an extended stay in hospital before being released on Saturday, 22 April.