Elton John has decided to postpone a series of summer festival dates after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
According to his website, Elton John called in doctors after falling ill during his current European tour.
The statement added he was on a course of “intensive antibiotics” and was expected to undergo surgery “in the coming weeks”.
Elton John was due to play a festival in Italy on Tuesday, as well as shows in Germany and London this week.
The statement said the diagnosis was made “following a number of exploratory scans and blood tests with his medical team in the UK”.
A spokesman confirmed Elton John would not return to touring until he had fully recovered from both the planned surgery and any damage caused by the appendix abscess.
“Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates,” he said.
“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.
“He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013.”
Elton John had been due to perform at the Collisioni festival in Italy on Tuesday, with further shows in Germany on Thursday and a headline gig at London’s Hyde Park on Friday.
British Summer Time festival organizers AEG Live said the Hyde Park show would still go ahead with Elvis Costello and former Kinks frontman Ray Davies on the bill, with existing ticket holders receiving a full refund.
Other July dates now scrapped include festivals in Spain, France and Monaco.
Elton John is due back in the UK in September, performing at the First Direct Arena in Leeds and at Bestival before heading back to Las Vegas for a month-long residency at The Colosseum.