Toby Keith Reveals His Battle With Stomach Cancer, Talks Chemo And Radiation
Country star Toby Keith has revealed he has been battling stomach cancer for much of the past year.
“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” the 60-year-old singer wrote in a social media post on Sunday.
“I have spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax. I look forward to spend this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner rather than later. I can’t wait.
Although not explicitly stated in the post, Keith’s publicist Elaine Schock said he would not be playing any upcoming gigs “at this time”.
He was scheduled to kick off his Country Comes to Town tour this Friday in Wheaton, Illinois.
Some of Keith’s celebrity friends took to social media to express their best wishes for the country star’s health.
“Hang on, @tobykeith,” tweeted John Rich of country duo Big & Rich.
“Wishing you much strength and healing my friend!” ESPN anchor Hannah Storm responded.
“Earlier Nation is with you and praying for your brother!!!” tweeted University of Oklahoma men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser. “No one embodies a tougher Spirit than YOU! 💪
“Praying for you and thinking of you bro,” wrote country rock singer Scott Stevens.
“Wishing my big mate a speedy recovery and lots of love from most redheads out there,” the singer tweeted. Samy Hagarnext to a photo of the two.
“I pray for you, T,” commented golf media personality Taylor Cusack.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Keith turned to a music career after stints in the oil industry and the USFL football league. After signing with Mercury Records, Keith released his self-titled debut album in 1993, which went platinum.
The ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’ singer wasn’t afraid to get political, releasing the biting single ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’ in 2002, which partly inspired by 9/11. Terrorist attacks.
The song led to a public feud between Keith and fellow country singer Natalie Maines of The Chicks, who criticized the tone of the song.
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Keith is a seven-time Grammy nominee and was recognized as Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music two years in a row in 2002 and 2003. His most recent album, “Peso in My Pocket”, spawned top 25 country singles. “Old school.”
Since his diagnosis, Keith has remained in the public eye. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last November and recently performed at the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway.
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