Elton John announced on a "heavy hearted" Saturday that he had to cancel a show scheduled for Saturday night in Indianapolis because he felt "extremely uncomfortable".
The gravity probably goes far beyond the disappointment of not being able to play for fans: John's mother-in-law, Gladys Furnish, mother of his husband David Furnish, was said to have died on Friday.
The singer did not mention the death in the message he addressed to the fans on social media on Saturday afternoon.
"To my dear fans in Indianapolis: With a heavy heart I am forced to deliver the news that I am extremely uncomfortable with and therefore unable to perform Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight," wrote John. "I hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to show the best possible show, and unfortunately that's just not possible." The date is being redefined for March 2020, and I promise I'll deliver the show you deserve. Thank you for your support and understanding … Elton x "
John's last appearance was scheduled for Thursday night in Toronto. It is not clear whether the next stop on his farewell tour, Monday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, will be affected.
Furnish pays homage to his mother on Instagram on Friday. "Today I lost my beautiful, angelic mother," he wrote. "She died peacefully in the middle of the night, with me and my brothers at her side. Mom radiated gentle kindness. She devoted herself completely to her family. We all benefited profusely from her patient wisdom and generous love. … rest in peace, mom. You have lived your life perfectly. I will never forget you. I promise to do my best to pass on the gifts you have given me to my beautiful sons. "