Appendicitis-hit Elton John ‘grateful to be alive’

LONDON (AP) — Elton
John says he is grateful to be alive after learning he had been playing
European tour dates while suffering from undiagnosed appendicitis.

66-year-old musician is quoted in The Sun newspaper Wednesday as saying
he had struggled through the shows in pain, thinking he had food

He later learned “I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”

He added: “I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive.”

Tuesday John canceled a show in London's Hyde Park and other summer
dates while he is treated for an inflamed appendix and surrounding

He is due to have surgery in the next few weeks after treatment with antibiotics.

John's new album, “The Diving Board,” is due out in September.

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