Sir Elton John is on the mend following surgery to remove his appendix, his publicist confirmed. According to BBC News, the veteran musician underwent the operation at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, France, on Thursday, July 31, and has been recovering at his home in Nice.
Last month, the 66-year-old star was forced to cancel a series of concert dates in Europe after he fell ill on tour. "Following a number of exploratory scans and blood tests with his medical team in the U.K., a diagnosis of appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis has been confirmed," a statement on his website read. "Sir Elton is currently undergoing a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks."
"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates," his spokesman confirmed. "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."
Sir Elton himself expressed his gratitude for his fans' support on July 24. "I would like to thank the literally thousands of people who have sent me get well cards and messages over the past two weeks," he said via a message posted to his website. "Your well wishes have touched me deeply and will play a big part in my recovery."
"I cannot wait to see you all and thank you in person when I resume my concert schedule later this year," the message continued. "In the meantime, please know that I consider myself a very blessed man to have such caring and considerate fans."