Elton John cried while forced to cut short a gig in New Zealand after admitting to fans he has “walking pneumonia”.

During the Auckland show, he had taken a couple of breaks before finding himself unable to finish.

Elton, 72, was reportedly checked over by medics after losing his voice halfway through his set.

He returned several minutes later but told the audience: “I don’t know how much longer I can go on.”

He again left the stage after “Candle in the Wind” but returned once again.

However, it was during “Daniel” he announced: “I’ve completely lost my voice – I’m so sorry … I can’t sing. I’ve got to go. My voice is shot.”

A visibly upset Sir Elton appeared to break down in tears as he leaned on his piano and shook his head while the audience gave him a rapturous applause.

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Later, on social media, he thanked everyone who attended the concert.

“I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he tweeted.

“I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more,” he continued.

“I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful.”

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Walking pneumonia, also called atypical pneumonia, is a type of lung infection often caused by bacteria or viruses.

It is less severe than other types of pneumonia, with most sufferers not requiring medical attention. Symptoms are comparable to those of a bad cold, often including a cough, chest pain, a sore throat and a headache.

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