Sir Elton John credits teenage AIDS victim Ryan White and his family with saving his life.
The singer told the crowd at his concert at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday night that spending time with Ryan’s family prompted him to make changes in his life. Ryan was from Indiana.
“I knew my lifestyle was crazy and not okay. And six months later I got sober and clean and have stayed so ever since,” said Sir Elton.
He said Ryan’s family was the catalyst for his change.
“I can’t thank them enough because without them I would probably be dead,” the singer said, reported WTHR-TV.
Ryan died on April 8, 1990 at the age of 18 in Indianapolis. Years earlier, he had contracted HIV through a contaminated blood transfusion.
His mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, remains close with Sir Elton, who confirmed her presence at the concert.
“I love you so much,” he said. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. This song is for you.”
Then he started playing Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/sir-elton-john-credits-ryan-whites-family-with-saving-his-life-41514195.html Sir Elton John credits Ryan White’s family with saving his life