Terry O’Neill’s extraordinary — and ordinary — snaps of Sir Elton John as photographer dies after cancer battle at 81

FOR his final project, iconic photographer Terry O’Neill has published a book of photos of one of his favourite subjects – Sir Elton John.

O’Neill, who died on Saturday aged 81, captured some extraordinary – and ordinary – moments of the singer’s life and career.

Iconic photographer Terry O’Neill died on Sunday aged 81
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Elton said: “I’m so glad he was with us throughout the madness. His evocative and stylish photos captured those moments as no other photographer could.”

Here are Terry’s favourites.

Sir Elton with Starship jet, previously used by rock hellraisers Led Zeppelin, in 1975
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Elton in sky blue dungarees during 1974 tour
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One of a range of outfits for a shoot in 1985
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Sir Elton practising his famous piano jump in 1972
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Elton as The Pinball Wizard in rock opera, Tommy, in 1975
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New book Elton John: The Definitive Portrait, with Unseen Images by Terry O’Neill
  • Elton John: The Definitive Portrait, with Unseen Images, Cassell Illustrated, £30 octopusbooks.co.uk).

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