Elton John has apologised for ending his concert in New Zealand early after being diagnosed with walking pneumonia.

The 72-year-old music star was performing at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday when he lost his voice and broke down in tears on stage.

Having being diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier that day, he had no choice but to cut the show short. A crew member helped him leave the stage while the audience gave him a standing ovation.

Taking to Instagram later that night Elton wrote: "I want to thank everyone who attended tonight's gig in Auckland.

"I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible.

"I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more.

"I'm disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had.

"Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight's performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx."

According to one fan on social media, Elton had told the audience earlier in the show: "My voice has completely gone, I'm so sorry."

He was tended to by a medic for around five minutes earlier in the set and continued to play before he was forced to stop completely.

Following his departure from the stage, one fan tweeted: "Sir Elton John - you gave it everything you had - so sad you had to finish your concert in Auckland an hour early after your voice gave out.

"Hope you feel better soon."

Elton is due to perform two more concerts in Auckland on Tuesday and Thursday as part of his last ever tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road.

Sir Elton's Auckland show came less than a week after he won an Oscar along with his long-time writing partner Bernie Taupin for best original song for their Rocketman track (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again.

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