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Elton John cancels summer tour, including Friday's Hyde Park show

Elton John cancels summer tour, including Friday's Hyde Park show

Elton John has been forced to pull his summer tour due to appendicitis.

The singer was due to headline London's Hyde Park on Friday (July 12) on a bill that also included Ray Davies and Elvis Costello.

He was also due to play the Collisioni festival in Italy on tonight (July 9) and a show in Germany on Thursday (July 11). Other July dates including festivals in Spain, France and Monaco have also been cancelled.

A statement on the singer's website says that he called in doctors after falling ill on his European tour and was diagnosed with appendicitis. "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," the statement reads, adding that the 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 super-human 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.

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