LONDON — Elton John is recovering after an operation to remove his appendix.

The musician’s publicist said John was treated with antibiotics and had the surgery last week at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, near his home in the south of France.

Last month the musician, 66, canceled a series of shows as he was treated for an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.

He said at the time that his infected appendix had been “a ticking time bomb.”

In a statement on his official website last week, John said the many get-well cards and messages he’d received from fans “have touched me deeply.”

He is expected to perform in London on Sept. 2, when he receives the Brits Icon Award.

Warhol grave will have fame 24/7 via webcam

PITTSBURGH — The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist’s grave site to honor his 85th birthday.

The project, a partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, was to go live Monday at midnight, the museum said.

Warhol museum director Eric Shiner said the project is titled “Figment” because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said, “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say, ‘Figment.’“

The suburban Pittsburgh gravestone has Warhol’s original surname, Warhola, the dates of his birth and death and a cross. Warhol’s 85th birthday would have been Tuesday.

Shiner said the museum, which is based in Pittsburgh, Warhol’s hometown, decided that the grave site webcam “would be a really fantastic way to put Andy on the air 24/7 and plug in to our global audience.”

“We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death,” Shiner said.

Warhol, who died in 1987, was a devout Catholic who went to church every day to pray, Shiner said, and he’s buried near his parents at the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

The Warhol grave site also is documented in artist Madelyn Roehrig’s ongoing art project “Figments: Conversations With Andy.” Roehrig videotapes people who visit the grave and photographs the many objects fans leave, like Campbell’s Soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles.


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