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The Legendary Sir Elton John Retires from Music After Five Decades!
Sir Elton John has reportedly decided to bis his goodbye to touring and performances after a prolific career of five decades! The singer is quitting due to his ill health and plans to spend time with his husband and kids.

Sir Elton John has reportedly decided to bis his goodbye to touring and performances after a prolific career of five decades!

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British singer Elton John performing on stage in 1971. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The Rocket Man hitmaker is expected to give an official statement on his retirement at a press conference on Wednesday.

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Elton John leaving the Evgeny Lebedev Christmas party held at a private residence in North London on December 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by GORC/GC Images)

The Mirror reported that the 70-year-old musician has decided to bow out from stage performances because of his health problems. Last year, Elton spent two days in intensive care and twelve days in the hospital after getting an unusual bacterial infection during his tour of South America.

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John performs on stage at Palau Sant Jordi on December 3, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/WireImage)

After the incident, Sir Elton said he could have ‘easily died’ after the severe illness.

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He said: “I knew I was sick but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball.”

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John performs in concert at Palau Sant Jordi on December 3, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Redferns)

Last year, in March, Sir Elton revealed that he is planning to make a decision about his touring within six months. He said that he wants to spend more time with his husband, David Furnish, and two sons, Zachary and Elijah.

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(L) Sir Elton John, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and David Furnish (R) arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Talking about his plans of retiring, he said:

“There will be a decision made in the next six months, probably. I will want to stop touring – not playing, but touring. 70 isn’t 60, it’s not 50. I want to spend time with my boys.”

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Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend as the Elton John AIDS Foundation commemorates its 25th year and honors founder Sir Elton John (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

The Candle in the Wind singer also announced 27 new performances of The Million Dollar Piano between October 2017 and March 2018 before the illness struck him.

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British singer and musician Sir Elton, wearing a white suit, black shirt with flower motif and multicolored sunglasses, London, November 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The 70-year-old super star will be winding up the last performance of his Vegas Show, The Million Dollar Piano, on 19th May, 2018. Elton John has performed The Million Dollar Piano for more than 200 times!

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Elton John attends the ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ World Premiere (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Sir Elton Hercules John was born on 25th March, 1947. He started his musical career in 1967, teaming up with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting ally. Together, they have worked on 30 music albums.

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Elton John performs on stage at the Grona Lund amusement park (Photo by MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/Redferns)

In his 50-year career, Sir John has sold more than 300 million records, which makes him one of the greatest musicians of the world!

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EJAF founder Elton John accepts the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Elton John AIDS Foundation)

He has contributed a lot to the music industry; he has fifty top 40 hits, as well as seven consecutive No.1 US Albums.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Elton John (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

In his splendid career, Sir Elton has won five Grammy awards, five Brit awards, and the first Brit Icons in 2013 for his enduring impact on the British culture. He also won the Outstanding Contribution award for his services to the world of music.

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Sir Elton John (L) and Sam Smith attend CLUB LOVE for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in association with BVLGARI (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)

The legend has also been immensely involved in the fight against AIDS since the 1980s. He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1993.

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Elton John, Aileen Getty,Rhys Tivey, Elizabeth Carson and Quinn Tivey speak onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th Year (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

John also hosts the annual Academy Award Party, which is one the grandest Oscar parties in Hollywood.

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Elton John performs onstage at the Lanxess Arena (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Redferns via Getty Images)

In the year 1976, John announced he is bisexual and has been openly gay since 1988. He went into civil partnership with David Furnish on December 21, 2005. He married David in December 2014, after same-sex marriage was legalized in England and Wales.

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Sir Elton John performs at the Woodside Gallery Dinner in benefit of Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with BVLGARI (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)

The legend will be spending more time with his husband and sons after the retirement. While we are saddened at his departure from the world of music, we certainly will cherish his remarkable legacy!


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