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Elton John '24 hours from snuffing it' due to infection amid cancer battle

Sir Elton John has opened up about his health battle after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Sir Elton had a build up of fluid under his colon, which left him in excruciating pain and needing to wear a nappy on stage as he performed in Las Vegas in 2017.

It was after his show in south America that he suffered from an infection and place in intensive care in hospital.

In a new interview, the singer explains how he was ’24 hours from snuffing it’ and had to relearn how to walk as part of his recovery.

He also joked that he was ‘like the Bionic Woman’ as he has had his tonsils, colon, and appendix removed.

Elton explained: ‘I went to south America and played in Santiago and I came home, and I got to London and I was very ill. And I was rushed into hospital on intensive care.

‘I picked up an awful bug from somewhere. And I was about 24 hours from snuffing it. We didn’t tell people that was going on at the time, so I had an annus horribilis as they say for half the year.

‘I literally had to learn how to walk again. I was extremely sick. All I could think about when I was lying in my hospital bed was “please don’t let me die, I want to see my children”, and luckily I survived it.

‘Now I’m fine but there’s very few bits of me left. There’s no hair, there’s a pacemaker, there’s no tonsils, there’s no prostate, there’s no appendix, I’ve had kidney stones. I like the Bionic Woman.’

The interview also covers his career and battle with alcoholism and addiction to drugs.

‘I used to drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black every day,’ Elton revealed.

‘I used to smoke joints and I was bulimic. I would go to sleep for three days, I hadn’t eaten, then I would go out and gorge myself and then throw it all up. It was a very lonely existence and I just thought, “am I gonna die or am I gonna live? What do you wanna do?”‘

Elton John: Uncensored airs 28 November on BBC One.

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