Elton John has canceled several shows in the upcoming weeks at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace between April 24th and May 6th due to a severe illness. According to TMZ, insiders close to Elton John, the "Tiny Dancer" hitmaker has been battling an illness for the past few months.The celebrity news site reports that Elton's medical team has now advised the singer to take time off to rest and fully recuperate.

Elton John forced to take time off from busy touring schedule

CNN also reported that John spent two days over the past weekend hospitalized in the intensive care unit with a serious infection which Caesar's Palace Facebook reveals he contracted while recently on tour in South America.

John released a statement apologizing to fans and revealing he is expected to make a fast and speedy recovery as long as he follows his doctor's strict orders.Tickets are currently being refunded to fans who purchased seats for the show.

Fans send words of encouragement and well wishes to legendary entertainer

Elton, 70, is best known as a multi-award winning musician singer-songwriter-composer piano extraordinaire who got the start to his more than five-decade career in the music business in 1967. Elton John is best known for hit songs including "Crocodile Rock," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind" "Rocketman" and for the soundtrack to the popular Disney film "The Lion King," which includes the hit "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," to name a select few.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 by Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.These are just a mere few of the many, many musical accomplishments that Elton John has experienced over the past fifty-plus years.

Along with his many musical accomplishments, Elton John is also well respected as a philanthropist, donating hundreds of thousand dollars and his time to his pet project the Elton John Aids Foundation.

John is currently married to his longtime partner David Furnish, the two have been together since 1993, married since 2014 and share two sons.The entertainer is also a popular choice as a celebrity godfather.

He currently has ten godchildren which include Sean Lennon, David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.

Get well soon, Elton John.