Har­vard hon­ours El­ton John for AIDS fight

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Grammy-win­ning Bri­tish singer El­ton John has been fe­lic­i­tated by Har­vard Foun­da­tion for his con­tri­bu­tion to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The mu­si­cian, 70, one of the best-sell­ing record­ing artists of all time, re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Peter J Gomes Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, re­ports peo­ple.com. In his ac­cep­tance speech, John said that drugs had turned him into a “mon­ster” and it was a wake-up call for him when he ended up los­ing friends to sub­stance abuse.

John, who has been sober for 27 years now, said that he be­lieves hu­man­ity is the most pow­er­ful force in the world that can help peo­ple shun drugs and em­brace the brighter side of life. He said, “Through my ca­reer and hu­man­i­tar­ian work, I’ve seen how peo­ple can be pulled to­gether.” The Rocket Man singer had started the El­ton John AIDS Foun­da­tion in the early 1990s, ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple around the world.

PHOTO: ERIC GAY/AP

Mu­si­cian El­ton John has run a foun­da­tion since the 1990s to help com­bat the lethal dis­ease

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