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Las Vegas is bad for Elton John's health

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Elton John hospitalized, cancels shows

Elton John was forced to cancel some concerts after a respiratory infection left him in a hospital bed. Is the legendary musician going to be okay?

Elton John hospitalized, cancels shows

The Las Vegas Strip is known for making a lot of people sick with hangovers, but Sir Elton John managed to come down with a "serious respiratory infection" in Sin City. The good news: He's recuperating after a visit to a Los Angeles hospital. The bad news: He had to cancel three Million Dollar Piano performances scheduled for the weekend on doctor's orders.

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John's not pleased with his mandatory break, according to a post on his website.

"It feels strange not to be able to perform these Million Dollar Piano concerts at The Colosseum. I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return to The Colosseum in October to complete the eleven concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can't be with you. I hope to see you soon at this wonderful theatre at Caesars Palace."

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John's respiratory infection is just the latest in a string of health scares. It all started back in the '70s with his rampant cocaine addiction. He eventually won over the coke, but it took a toll on his body.

"For some people a gram of cocaine can last a month," he told Parade in 2010. "Not me. I have to do the lot, and then I want more. At the end of the day, all it led to was heartache."

The addiction also caused him to spiral into a dangerous depression.

"I had become, physically ugly, spiritually ugly, a slob, a pig," he told the Chicago Sun Times in 1990. "Despite all the success, I think I just wanted to be loved. I wanted someone to love me."

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He suffered from Bulimia during the '80s, just like good pal Diana. "We were both bulimic," he told Larry King in 2002. "I was also a bulimic. We exchanged letters about things like that." He eventually sought treatment. The decade also brought throat surgery, leading him to cancel his entire 1987 tour.

John had a pacemaker put in 1999 after suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

"I feel very well," he said afterward. "I'm a bit stiff, a bit sore, but everything went really well."

Here's hoping the legendary performer gets his energy back and is ready for his European tour starting in June.

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