Elton John has told fans ‘with the heaviest heart’ that he was cancelling a show on his US farewell tour, due to being “extremely unwell.”
John’s mother-in-law, Gladys Furnish, mother of his husband David Furnish, died on Thursday, and the singer acknowledged the death at his show in Toronto that night.
He told the crowd that the woman he called the matriarch of the Furnish family had died, sending condolences to her family before dedicating “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” to her.
In the message he posted on social media, John promised to perform the Indianapolis concert in March 2020, and thanked fans for their understanding.
There’s no word on whether the next stop on his farewell tour, Monday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, will be affected.
Furnish posted a tribute to his mother on Instagram Friday.
“Rest in peace Mum. You lived your life impeccably. I will never forget you. I promise to do my best to pass the gifts you gave to me on to my own beautiful sons.”
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Today I lost my beautiful, angelic Mother. She passed away peacefully in the middle of the night, with me and my brothers by her side. Mum radiated gentle kindness. She was utterly devoted to her family. We all richly benefitted from her patient wisdom and bountiful love. I treasure this photo of Mum and Dad on their wedding day – bursting with joy and fresh-faced optimism over their union and the life they planned to build together. They shared the greatest love I have ever known; A rock-solid foundation from which my brothers and I flourished. Rest in peace Mum. You lived your life impeccably. I will never forget you. I promise to do my best to pass the gifts you gave to me on to my own beautiful sons.