Elton John has recalled praying to see his children again after complications following surgery for prostate cancer in 2017 left him 24 hours from death.
The iconic performer wrote honestly about the illness in his new memoir, with one passage being particularly heart-wrenching.
I was taken to King Edward VIIs Hospital in London, where I had a scan, he wrote in Me: Elton John Official Autobiography. I was told that my condition was so serious, the hospital didnt have the equipment to cope with it.
He recalled spending two days in intensive care and being told hed contracted a major infection in South Africa. Despite Eltons surgery being successful, he suffered complications.
The doctors told David I was 24 hours away from death, he explained. If the South American tour had gone on for another day that would have been it: brown bread.
Explaining he was incredibly lucky, the 72-year-old recalled: I lay awake all night, wondering if I was going to die. In the hospital, alone at the dead of night, Id prayed: Please dont let me die, please let me see my kids again, please give me a little longer.
With the honest memoir set to be released on 15 October, Elton will also be opening up about his life and career in an interview special with Graham Norton.
Titled Elton John: Uncensored, the special will look back over his 50 year career in the music industry, sharing stories, revisiting archive footage, and his biggest accolades.
Filmed in the south of France in August, Elton tells Graham about his childhood as Reg Dwight in post-war Pinner, Middlesex, and his rise to superstardom in the 1970s.
The interview will also cover his battles with addiction, as depicted in film Rocketman, and the positive effect fatherhood has had on his life.
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Speaking about the special, Elton said: The past two years have felt truly monumental for me, and with the release of Rocketman, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and my autobiography coming up, it felt like the perfect opportunity to reflect on it all with Graham.
Ive always enjoyed our catch-ups and this felt like the best yet.
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography is released on 15 November.Read More – Source