Country Music Star Toby Keith Announces Stomach Cancer Diagnosis


Toby Keith announced in a post on his social media channels that he has been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer since last fall.

Toby Keith

Country music star Toby Keith announced that he has been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer.

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Toby Keith, the multi-platinum-selling country music star, announced on Sunday that he has stomach cancer, and has been receiving treatment for the disease since last fall.

“I’ve spent the last six months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery,” the 60-year-old singer wrote on Twitter. “So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

Keith’s next concert is currently scheduled for June 17 in Illinois, though after his announcement this weekend, the Ohio State Fair announced that his performance scheduled for July 28 has been canceled.

Keith’s publicist, Elaine Schock, noted that some of his upcoming tour dates will be canceled, though she is not sure how many.

“I am looking forward to spending time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait,” Keith wrote in his Twitter post.

Since releasing his first album in 1993, which included hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me,” Keith has racked up a career of 32 No. 1 singles, as well as the National Medal of Arts, which former President Donald Trump awarded the singer in 2021.

Fellow music artists went to social media to share their well wishes to Keith after his announcement.

Sammy Hagar wrote on Twitter: “Wishing my big buddy a speedy recovery and a whole lotta love from most redheads around the world.”

“Toby Keith my heart, soul & prayers are always with you & your family. My friend keep your incredible warrior spirit,” rocker Bret Michaels shared on Twitter.

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