According to his representative, Elton John became seriously ill on his return flight home from Santiago in Chile recently after completing his tour in South America. John had reportedly contracted a rare bacterial infection, which is potentially deadly. This has led to the singer canceling all of his “The Million Dollar Piano” appearances during April and May, as part of his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. He has also had to cancel his show in Bakersfield, California which was schedule for May 6.

Intensive care treatment required for Elton John

On his return to Britain, Elton John – who just turned 70 in March of this year – reportedly spent two nights in hospital in intensive care. He is now on the mend and was released from hospital on Saturday. His representative has said that luckily the singer’s medical team identified the bacterial infection quickly and that the treatment for the infection was successful. John is expected to make a complete and full recovery.

Not the first time Elton John has cancelled shows due to bad health

This isn’t the first time Elton has been forced to cancel shows due to poor health. Back in 2013 he was hospitalized with appendicitis and in 2012, suffered a respiratory infection.

He also had to cancel shows back in 2009 due to bout of flu and an E. coli infection.

John said in a statement that he is fortunate to have such “incredible and loyal fans” and went onto apologize to his fans for having to disappoint them. However, he also said how grateful he was to the medical team at the hospital for treating him so well and so successfully.

After taking some time to relax and get strong again, John is expected to turn to the stage at Twickenham Stadium in London on June 3.

People reports that John released his 32nd studio album “Wonderful Crazy Night” back in February 2016. He chronicled the South American tour on his Instagram account earlier this month, including a photo from a Brazil concert which he posted on April 10.

On that image he wrote that he was remembering an “amazing audience” in Porto Alegre and that he hoped they had as much fun as he did.

Las Vegas ticket holders can get a refund on their tickets

The LA Times reports that any ticket holders who purchased tickets for the Las Vegas shows by credit card can receive a refund to that card, but those who paid cash for their tickets can get a refund from the original point of sale.