Elton John: I could've died

Elton John

Elton John (Credit: Elton John (Getty Images))

Elton John says he’s lucky to be alive after a crippling bout of appendicitis that forced the pop icon to cancel the rest of his European tour.

Stomach pains caused the 66-year-old to walk offstage halfway through his performance in Halle, Germany, on Friday.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” the singer told The Sun. “I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”

John originally thought the pains were from food poisoning, but he later found out he had an appendix abscess, according to the British tabloid.

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