Elton John has found strength following the Orlando nightclub massacre from “a rainbow coloured wave of love”.

The gay icon has released a statement about the horror of the Pulse club attack, which cost 49 people their lives, calling it a “tsunami”, but he’s encouraged by the outpouring of love and support for the gay community following the hate crime.

His statement, issued to the media by a spokesperson on Wednesday, echoes what Elton said to fans during a concert in Liverpool, England on Tuesday night.

It reads: “When a horror like this massacre in Orlando comes along, great agony crashes across the world like a tsunami. And great grief. We feel shocked, angry and feel devastated inside for the victims and the loved ones who are mourning them.

“What I find extraordinary and what really gives me strength and hope is that immediately behind that devastation came a different wave. A rainbow coloured wave of love, from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, from Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building and the White House.”

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The Rocket Man took a moment during his Liverpool gig to honour those killed in the massacre, stating, “While I would like to honour and mourn the LGBT community’s loss in Orlando and the loss of everyone who has been a victim of hate and stigma and dogma, I would like to say tonight we are winning the fight against prejudice. The rainbow around the world tells me we can and we will win against these people.”

AAP