Elton John visibly distraught after being forced to cut Auckland show short due to illness

goss 17/02/2020

A visibly upset Sir Elton John has been forced to halt his Auckland concert on Sunday night after his voice gave out.

"I've just completely lost my voice - I'm so sorry," he said, looking very emotional before he was helped off stage.

Earlier, the superstar singer and pianist told the crowd he had been diagnosed with "walking pneumonia".

"My voice is shot," he told fans, adding he didn't want to miss the first of his three Auckland shows.

Walking pneumonia is an infection caused by bacteria that mostly affects people's respiratory tracts. It's less severe than other forms of pneumonia, but can still leave people feeling sick.

Sir Elton was given medical attention on stage, while paramedics were seen waiting with a stretcher in case he collapsed.

"I don't know how much longer I can sing. I just don't have anything left. I will try but I just can't promise anything," he told the crowd.

But despite his efforts to battle through his set, he was forced to cut his show short.

Flynny from the Jay-Jay, Flynny & Jase was at the concert and wrote this on his Instagram account...

"We know you gave it everything tonight Elton John - you are a legend."

"Wow! Pushing on like you did through pneumonia, your voice so soulful and man you’re a gritty human!"

"Philadelphia Freedom and Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding were just life changing! Love you."

Elton himself has also spoken out on Instagram saying "I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible."

"I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton."

The future of Elton's future shows in NZ is currently uncertain.