Sir Elton John has axed his annual Winter Ball.

The music legend holds the event every year to raise money for his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, but he has now confirmed the 2013 ball will not be taking place.

A statement posted on his charity's website reads, "Grey Goose (vodka brand) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation announce that the annual Grey Goose Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation will not take place in 2013."

A spokesman for the star has insisted the ball has not been axed because of the singer's recent battle with appendicitis, and instead put the cancellation down to the star's hectic schedule, according to Britain's The Sun.