Elton John needed to be helped off stage in New Zealand on Sunday after cutting a concert short because he was suffering from pneumonia.
The 72-year-old “Rocket Man” was performing at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland when he lost his voice and ended the show early, the singer said on Instagram
“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland,” Elton John wrote in a post along with an image of himself being assisted from the stage.
“I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible. I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more.”
The singer had performed 15 of the 25 songs on this setlist, according to CBS News.
He was singing the hit “Daniel” when his voice grew horse and he eventually needed to quit. The crowd gave him an ovation as he was helped offstage by two crew members.
“I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry,” Sir Elton continued on Instagram.
“I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful.”