Sir Elton John was hospitalised in Los Angeles on Wednesday, after falling ill with a serious respiratory infection.

The Rocket Man checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the early hours and was subjected to a series of tests.

Sir Elton was told he needed "complete rest and antibiotic treatment to prevent damage" and doctors ordered him to take seven days off from performing.

As a result, he's scrapped this week's upcoming shows in Las Vegas.

The star tells TMZ.com: "It feels strange not to be able to perform these Million Dollar Piano concerts at the Colosseum... I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts.

"All I can say to the fans is, 'Sorry I can't be with you.'"

The website reports Sir Elton has since been released from the hospital.

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