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Elton John treated at L.A. hospital for 'serious' respiratory infection

May 24, 2012 |  8:05 am

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Elton John spent a day in a Los Angeles hospital for a "serious respiratory infection" that forced the premature end to the legendary singer's Las Vegas show.

John became ill last weekend while performing his show, "The Million Dollar Piano," at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, according to a statement on his website.

"This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest," the statement said.

The singer spent Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for "extensive tests" that resulted in a doctor's recommendation John take a week of rest and antibiotics to "cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage."

He will miss the final four concerts scheduled at the Colosseum, abruptly ending the first of three years of performances scheduled at Caesars Palace. The singer and his band will leave Las Vegas for a summer tour in Europe, which kicks off June 1 in Germany.

"It feels strange not to be able to perform these 'Million Dollar Piano' concerts at the Colosseum," John said in the statement. "I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return."

"All I can say to the fans is sorry I can't be with you," he added.

"The Million Dollar Piano" will resume in Las Vegas in October. Officials at Caesars Palace said tickets to the canceled shows could be exchanged or refunded.

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Photo: Elton John performs during the 2012 Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall on April 3. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

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