From BBC News:
The 62-year-old singer had performed at the orphanage, where some of the children's parents had died of Aids.
Elton said during a news conference that he had always rejected the
idea of adoption because of his age and his lifestyle of regularly
being on tour.
But he said a 14-month-old boy called Lev had "stolen his heart" and forced him to consider a change of mind.
The death of John's longtime keyboardist apparently factored into his change of mind. John stated that his friend's death was devastating and "What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to."
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