The family of a young Australian boy who died last month is celebrating his name change to Elton.
The 15-year-old, whose family is from Brisbane, had his name changed to Lyle, after the pop star’s family.
His family said he was named after the singer’s brother, Lyle.
The boy’s parents had initially told the ABC they wanted his name to remain Lyle but the family changed their minds after their son was diagnosed with ALS.
They had been advised to wait until Lyle had recovered before naming him after the superstar, but the ABC understands he is now being cared for by a family member.
Elton, who died on July 12, died at the age of just 12 days after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The family had said they wanted to keep his name, but their advice was changed after his condition worsened.
The ABC’s Emma O’Brien said their decision was made after meeting with the family’s medical adviser.
“I think it’s something that people just don’t do,” she said.
“It’s something the family would be proud of.”
She said the family had had to struggle with their decision.
“They’ve struggled with it from the very beginning,” she told the program.
“There’s a lot of stigma around having a child with ALS and they’re also dealing with the stigma around a name change.”
The ABC understands Lyle’s family is now planning to name their son after their singer brother.