Elton John Hospitalized with "Serious" Respiratory Infection

The music legend is forced to cancel upcoming Las Vegas shows after being admitted to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday

Music legend Elton John is on the mend after being hospitalized for what his representative describes as a "serious" respiratory infection.

The "Candle in the Wind" singer, 65, became ill following a May 20 performance at Caesar's Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas, and was hospitalized at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Wednesday morning. On doctor's orders, John has canceled three upcoming Vegas shows so that he has time to make a full recovery.

"Those tests resulted in the attending physician recommending that Elton not perform any concerts for approximately seven days with complete rest and antibiotic treatment to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage," his rep tells Us Weekly.

John had been performing his "Million Dollar Piano" concerts in Las Vegas since May 4, but this illness got the worst of him. Despite resting and taking suggested medication, his condition got worse instead of better in recent days.

Those who purchased tickets for John's final concerts on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday can all obtain refunds or exchanges at The Colosseum box office, but it's clear that John is disappointed that he couldn't perform at the scheduled events, despite the fact they'll be rescheduled for October.

"It feels strange not to be able to perform these 'Million Dollar Piano' concerts at The Colosseum," he says in a statement. "I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return to The Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can't be with you. I hope to see you soon at this wonderful theatre at Caesars Palace."

John and his band are next headed off on a summer tour in Europe, which begins June 1 in Germany.

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