Sir Elton John had to learn to walk again

Singer Sir Elton John, 72, got ill two years ago.

Sir Elton John had to “learn to walk again” after falling ill two years ago.

The 72-year-old singer suffered a major infection after undergoing prostate cancer surgery and admitted it left him “24 hours from snuffing it” and feeling “lucky” to have survived.

He said: “I literally had to learn to walk again. I was extremely sick.

“Luckily I survived it. Now I am fine.”

— Sir Elton John

“I said: ‘Don’t let me die, I want to see my children grow up.’

“Luckily I survived it. Now I am fine.”

Elton – who has sons Zachary, eight, and Elijah, six, with husband David Furnish – recalled how he carried on performing even when very ill.

He said: “I was on stage in Vegas in a lot of pain, fluid had built up under my colon.

“I did the show and was wearing nappies shortly after the operation. I thought ‘If only they knew right now that I’m pissing myself’.