‘Beyond thoughtfulness and kindness’: Elton John praised for supporting friend against cancer – two years after star secretly battled the disease herself
- Duncan Wallace worked on the singer’s radio show before his diagnosis of terminal brain tumor in 2019
- Elton, 74, helped his friend throughout his battle and kept in touch with his widow following Duncan’s death in April this year.
- In 2019, Elton revealed he had secretly fought prostate cancer two years earlier
Elton John has been called “thoughtful and kind” for the way he supported a friend as he died of cancer.
Duncan Wallace worked on the singer’s hit radio show The Rocket Hour before being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in 2019.
Elton, 74 – who has previously battled prostate cancer – supported his friend during his treatment and donated to cancer charities in honor of his friend.
Friend: Elton John has been called ‘thoughtful and kind’ for the way he supported his radio show friend Duncan Wallace (pictured with his wife Katie) as he died of cancer
Pals: Duncan worked on the singer’s hit show The Rocket Hour, where they quickly became friends, and after his diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor, Elton kept in touch with his boyfriend (pictured in 2020)
Duncan’s wife Katie recently ran The Great North Run in memory of her husband – who died aged 39 in April – and revealed that she received Elton’s support before the race.
She added that Elton has continued to keep in touch since Duncan’s death.
Katie told the Mirror: “Throughout this horrific ordeal, Elton has been beyond thoughtful and kind, calling regularly to see how we’re doing. He’s such a lovely man.
“We just hope his support and all other supporters will make a difference and save lives.”
She also revealed that Elton told her about their working partnership: “We have had the most wonderful relationship. Every night in my prayers to God I say, ‘Give him a hug for me, will- you? ”
Special: Duncan’s wife Katie recently ran The Great North Run in memory of her husband – who died aged 39 in April – they had previously run the race together
Elton then paid tribute to his late friend, saying, “We had a blast working together. He turned me on stuff and I turned him on stuff. We were a great team and we miss him dearly.
Katie took part in the half marathon to raise money for charity and ended up raising £ 21,000, including a donation from Elton.
The race was sentimental for Katie, who ran the race with her late Newcastle-born husband two years ago while undergoing treatment.
The couple shared two children, Finn, seven, and Izzy, five.
Family: Katie – who has shared two children, Finn, seven and Izzy, five – praised Elton for offering her support and said the singer has kept in touch with the family
Elton battled cancer on his own and had his prostate removed when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.
The singer then suffered from a major infection following the operation, revealing in a documentary: “I literally had to learn to walk again. I was extremely ill. Fortunately, I survived it. Now I’m fine. But there are very few pieces of me left!
He continues: “There is no hair, there is no pacemaker, there is no tonsils, there is no prostate, there is no appendix. I had kidney stones. I’m like the bionic woman. I’m like Lindsay Wagner or Steve Austin. Whichever one you want to call it.
Elton is the father of his sons Elijah, eight, and Zachary, 10, and revealed the seriousness of the fear in his autobiography, Me, published serially in the Daily Mail.
He said he did a show in Las Vegas with a lot of pain after the operation and thought, “Don’t let me die, I want to see my kids grow up.”
Health Alert: Elton had cancer on his own and had his prostate removed when diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017