Elton John broke down in tears during a New Zealand concert after he lost his voice and was unable to sing

Elton John at the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party with his Oscar for best original song in West Hollywood, California, on February 9.

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Elton John at the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party with his Oscar for best original song in West Hollywood, California, on February 9.
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  • The singer Elton John broke down in tears during a New Zealand concert on Sunday after he cut a show short because he was unable to sing.
  • John apologized in an Instagram post later that evening, saying he had walking pneumonia.
  • John had told the crowd early in the concert that he was ill and his voice was “shot” but that he was determined to put on a great show.
  • “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more,” he wrote. “I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had.”
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The British singer-songwriter Elton John apologized to his fans in New Zealand late Sunday night after he lost his voice and was forced to cut a concert short.

John, who said he had walking pneumonia, broke down in tears at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium after he was unable to sing despite receiving medical attention.

He took to his Instagram page Sunday night to apologize to fans who had turned up for the show.

“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he said in the post.

“I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more,” he added. “I’m disappointed, deeply upset, and sorry. I gave it all I had.”

The legendary singer, who won an Academy Award last week for best original song in his own biopic, “Rocketman,” had to be assisted from the stage after attempting to launch into the song “Daniel,” The New Zealand Herald reported.

John had told the crowd early in the concert that he was ill and his voice was “shot” but that he was determined to put on a great show.

The tour promoter Chugg Entertainment told the Associated Press that doctors assured John he would recover. John has already rescheduled a concert set for Tuesday in Auckland to Wednesday, according to The Herald.

He is also scheduled for seven concerts in Australia before proceeding to the US and Canada.

John on a Jumbotron after prematurely ending his show at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday in an image from a video posted on social media.

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John on a Jumbotron after prematurely ending his show at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday in an image from a video posted on social media.
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He struggled to perform “Candle in the Wind” and told the audience he did not know how long he could continue, The Herald said. He briefly left the stage but returned in a new costume.

Several songs later he lost his voice entirely, and the show was over. He was seen weeping and waving to a cheering crowd as he left the stage, assisted by medics.

The concert was part of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters she met John just hours before his show and he told her he was feeling unwell.

“I thought it was incredibly kind of him to give some time like that, given he obviously felt incredibly unwell,” Ardern said.