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Sir Elton was in Florida over the weekend, raising money for the fight against AIDS at the latest Smash Hits benefit.
 
More than $700,000 was netted for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local charities.
 
Team Elton defeated Team Billie Jean 24-18 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to take an 11-10 lead in the overall series. Andy Roddick, who was making his 11th event appearance, won three sets including men’s singles over John Isner to help Team Elton seal the victory.
 
‘”He’s phenomenal,” Elton said of Andy. “We miss him on the tour because he’s such a personality. He’s doing so well. He came out and did it tonight.”

On a more serious note, the piano player explained that the fight against AIDS is a personal cause to him because he has lost about 60 friends to the disease.

”I was affected during the 80s when it was first happening, and I was a drug addict and an alcoholic at the time. And I maybe did a couple of benefits and I made a record with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight. That’s all I did. I did diddly squat. When I got sober, I wanted to make up for lost time. I wasn’t there in the 80s when I needed to be. I lost a lot of friends in the 80s, who I didn’t really do much to help, even though I was in the thick of it and a gay man. So it’s been an incredible effect on my life when you lose that amount of people,” he said.

In the past two decades, the Elton John Aids Foundation has raised more than $300 million worldwide to support programs fighting against HIV and AIDS.