Elton John Snubs "Today," Closes Door On Diana Comments

September 23 [12:00 EDT] -- Just as Elton John's record-setting Princess Diana tribute hits record racks in America, the singer has issued a statement declaring that he will no longer discuss the deaths of Diana or his friend Gianni Versace.

In a statement issued the day before "Candle In The Wind '97" [1MB QuickTime] arrived in U.S. record stores, John's publicist said that the singer's decision came after NBC's "Today" show promoted an upcoming appearance by John saying that the singer would be talking about the loss of his two friends.

"Mr. John, who was scheduled to appear on the 'The Today Show' to promote his new album and tour, has now canceled this appearance due to the incorrect information issued by their promotion department," the statement reads.

For now, John's only comments on Diana's passing will have to be found in "Candle In The Wind '97" which became the fastest selling single in British history last

week, and arrived in the U.S. Tuesday.

The song is actually the B-side of "Something About The Way You Look Tonight," [1MB QuickTime] the first single off Elton's new album "The Big Picture," which also comes out on Tuesday.

Proceeds from the single will benefit the Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund, which supports Princess Diana's favorite charities.

U.S. residents who wish to donate to the fund can send contributions to:

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund C/O Fleet Bank, P.O. Box 30596, Hartford, CT 06150