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Elton John cancels shows after contracting a 'rare and potentially deadly' infection

Elton John is recovering from a "rare and potentially deadly" infection after becoming extremely ill while flying home from Chile, Time reports. John was discharged from a U.K. intensive care unit Saturday, but has canceled a number of shows in Las Vegas in April and May due to the infection.

"I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them," John said. "I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

The "harmful and unusual bacterial infection" was identified "quickly and treated … successfully," a statement said. "[John] is expected to make a full and complete recovery."