In a statement posted on his own Twitter verified and on Instagram accounts on Sunday, Keith said he was diagnosed with cancer last fall.
“I have spent the last 6 months undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” the statement said. “I look forward to spending time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I’m looking forward. -T.”
According to his official website, Keith is set to play at Ribfest in Illinois on June 17.
He released his latest album – “Peso in my pocket” – last year after dedicating time from touring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the website.
In 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded Keith the National Medal of Arts, which the National Arts Foundation describes as “the highest award given to artists and patrons of the arts by the United States government.”
“Toby Keith is a singer, songwriter, musician and humanist who has completed 11 USO Tours to date. He has 32 # 1 singles,” the National Endowment for the Arts said in a January 2021 release.
The Oklahoma-born Keith released his debut album in 1993 and is known for hits such as “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me”. His 2002 song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”, released after the 9/11 attacks, made him famous.
Keith has performed hundreds of shows for members of the US military abroad, including Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as events for Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
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