Elton John 'grateful to be alive' after appendicitis scare

Sir Elton John has revealed he could have died at any time during his European tour as he was unaware he was suffering from appendicitis. Speaking to The Sun after cancelling a number of dates of his European tour, including a headline performance at London's Hyde Park he said:

"I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive."

Sir Elton John has revealed he is grateful to be alive following his recent bout of appendicitis. Credit: Press Association

The 66-year-old star thought his stomach pains were due to a bad bout of food poisoning, and he performed 10 concerts in "agony" but was forced to walk off stage during a concert in Halle, Germany, last Friday. The singer's spokesman said:

"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans."