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Elton John Feels Ill Onstage In Brisbane

Musician Elton John performs at "An Enduring Vision" the 5th annual benefit for The Elton John AIDS Foundation at The Waldorf-Astoria Oct. 3, 2006 in New York. Although the singer is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, he also lends his support to other worthy causes, including breast cancer awareness. (Photo: GETTY IMAGES/Evan Agostini)
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Elton John left the stage briefly during a weekend concert in Brisbane after being struck by a bout of nausea, according to a news report Monday.

John left the stage without a word about two hours into his Sunday concert. He was gone for about five minutes, the Australian Associated Press reported.

When he returned, the 59-year-old pop star used an Australian colloquialism to explain that he had left the stage to vomit. "I thought I'd better chunder in the toilet (rather) than all over the front row," he was quoted as saying.

Apparently feeling better, John closed the show about 45 minutes later.