Elton John recovers from appendix removal

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Sir Elton John's rep says the legendary reporter finally had his appendix removed at Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital on Thursday, a month after appendicitis sidelined his summer show dates.

The 66-year-old canceled his tour in early July, after performing 10 shows in what he described as "agony."

"I was a ticking time bomb," John told The Sun in July. "I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive."

In a message posted on his website, John said he was "deeply touched" by get-well cards and messages from fans.

"Your well wishes have touched me deeply and will play a big part in my recovery," he said.

"I cannot wait to see you all and thank you in person when I resume my concert schedule later this year. In the meantime, please know that I consider myself a very blessed man to have such caring and considerate fans."

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