Sir Elton John ends concert early after walking pneumonia diagnosis

Elton John in tears as he ends concert early due to illness

"I gave it all I had", he added.

Medical experts are slightly baffled by Sir Elton John's "walking pneumonia" diagnosis, but one says it was "heroic" of the singer to perform while suffering from the illness.

He revealed on Instagram that he had been diagnosed with "walking pneumonia", a less severe form of pneumonia.

"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.

Earlier in his set, Sir Elton told the sold-out crowd he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Sunday.

In a statement this morning event promoter Chugg Entertainment said: "Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night". I gave it all I had.

Elton's admission was welcomed with love and support from fan thanking him for still putting on an extraordinary show.

The large screens flanking the stage had briefly gone dark but within minutes the concert resumed - to wild cheers from the crowd at Mt Smart Stadium.

The singer had performed 15 of the 25 songs on this setlist, according to CBS News. His voice was "shot", he said, but he was determined to lay on a great show.

The infection, caused by a common bacterium called Mycoplasma pneumonia, causes milder symptoms than pneumonia, including "being exhausted and having a sore throat, fever, and cough", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Walking pneumonia can still make you miserable, with cough, fever, chest pain, mild chills, headache, etc.

The recovery period may be longer, lasting up to six weeks, however.

Almost three years ago, John had to cancel a run of shows in Las Vegas after contracting a bacterial infection. Sir Elton is now playing dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour.

He announced his intention to retire from touring in early 2018, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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