Sunday, November 1, 2009
Elton is Seriously Ill in Hospital
Sir Elton John was last night in hospital suffering from ‘flu with complications’.
The 62-year-old’s partner David Furnish spent most of yesterday at his bedside at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, London, which specialises in looking after the Royal Family.
He was also visited in his £515-a-night room by celebrity friends including artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
Sir Elton has been cared for by the hospital’s elite medical staff since Friday, when it is understood his two-week illness worsened.
Flu complications can refer to bronchitis, viral or bacterial pneumonia, muscle inflammations and infections of the central nervous system. Those at highest risk include the over-50s and children under four.
On Friday, Sir Elton cancelled the last leg of his Red Piano tour in Dublin, having earlier pulled out of concerts at Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool and Wembley. But he did play in Barcelona last Tuesday.
He also missed Boyzone star Stephen Gately’s funeral two weeks ago, with Mr Furnish attending in his absence.
Sir Elton’s spokesman confirmed that he was being treated for flu with complications but declined to elaborate beyond saying: ‘He has got an infection, flu and everything that goes with it.’
When Mr Furnish left the hospital later, dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, he said: ‘He’s OK – he’s fine.’
In 1999, Sir Elton was rushed from France to The Wellington Hospital in London to have a pacemaker fitted after tests revealed an irregular heartbeat.
He suffered addictions to drugs, alcohol and junk food in the Eighties, leaving him in a terrible physical and mental state which he blamed for the breakdown of his marriage to Renate Blauel.
The star also admitted to US talk-show host Larry King in 2002 that, like his friend Princess Diana, he was bulimic.
He said: ‘It took me 16 years of drug addiction and alcoholism to have the humility to say, “I need help.”’
King Edward VII Hospital has some of the world’s leading doctors. Royals treated there include the Queen, Philip, Charles and Sophie Wessex, who was flown there after an ectopic pregnancy. The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret were also treated at the hospital.
- Daily Mail
Exclusive Sir Elton John has been admitted to hospital for tests after pulling out of four British gigs last week.
The 62-year-old superstar spent two nights in care amid worries of an E.coli and bacterial infection.
Last night he was having tests and scans as thousands of fans worried his illness could be serious.
Sir Elton's partner David Furnish was last night at his bedside at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, London.
The hospital specialises in looking after the Royal Family.
It is thought E.coli may have developed on top of flu the Rocket Man legend had suffered all week.
Sir Elton scrapped gigs on his Red Piano tour in Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, London and Dublin.
A source said: "He wants to get to the bottom of what's wrong with him. He is a singer and needs to get his voice back quickly.
"He is deeply upset that he has had to pull out of the gigs. Elton was initially only supposed to be in for one night and went in on Friday. Now he is due to come out today."
Sir Elton, who married David in a civil ceremony four years ago, plans to reschedule the gigs as soon as he gets the results back from his tests.
The star has also postponed forthcoming concerts in the US cities of Portland and Seattle, where he was due to play with Billy Joel.
Tickets Elton's spokesman said: "He is recovering from a case of serious influenza with minor complications. We are confident he will be back on stage in the very near future.
"We are also in discussions with our promoters regarding venue availability, as we are hoping to re-schedule any lost shows. All tickets for the postponed UK shows should be retained."
In 1999 Elton, who is worth £175million, was fitted with a pacemaker due to an irregular heartbeat.
He has suffered from bulimia and fought a long battle with booze and drugs but has been sober and clean for almost 20 years.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.