Sir Rod Stewart, 74, took to Instagram to tell fans he is “absolutely devastated” to have to pull out of the charity show in London this evening. In view of his 347,000 followers, he wrote: “Due to a throat infection and on strict doctor’s orders, I’m absolutely devastated to say I’m unable to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, an amazing show which I love being a part of.
He added: “It’s going to be a great evening with some fantastic talent and I’m very disappointed that I can’t be there to give my support. Varitey4Charity.”
The singer – who is married to Penny Lancaster – shared the same statement on his Twitter page with 449,000 followers.
Many of the star’s loyal fans flocked to his post to send their well wishes to the star.
One fan commented: “I hope you’re back to your best soon. We can’t have anything happen to that beautiful voice!”
“I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”
The Faces star then took the opportunity to warn other men to get themselves checked regularly.
“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor,” he added. “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting one in eight every year.
The father-of-eight went on to say he tried to stay positive when learning of his diagnosis and kept busy by working.
“The good Lord looked after me,” he added to the crowd.
The publication added that Ronnie Wood, who has battled lung cancer, put his hand on Rod’s shoulder as he made his health admission at the event.
They added Ronnie and Rod also shared a hug as the former said to him: “Somebody up there likes us, Rod.”