American country singer Toby Keith reveals his battle with stomach cancer

American country singer Toby Keith shared a statement in the early hours of this morning announcing his ongoing battle with stomach cancer.

The 60-year-old musician revealed that he has been receiving treatment for the past 6 months.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” wrote Keith. “I’ve had six months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

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Although Keith will be taking a little step back to heal and take care of his health, the singer shared that he plans to return to performing on stage for his fans as soon as possible.

He added, “I look forward to spending time with my family. But I’ll see my fans soon. I can’t wait.”

According to Keith’s official website, the country singer was scheduled to give two concerts in the following weeks, including one at the Ohio State Fair on July 28.

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Toby Keith performed during the iHeartCountry Festival 2021 last October. (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Fair organizers have confirmed Keith’s set has been cancelled, and those who purchased tickets will receive a refund.

Keith has also been set to perform at a number of other concerts throughout the summer, scheduled from mid-July to late August.

In 2006, Keith started his Toby Keith Foundation to support children diagnosed with cancer across the state of Oklahoma. The fund expanded in 2014, with the opening of “OK Kids Korral,” which provides free housing loans to pediatric cancer patients and their families while undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, near Keith’s hometown.

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Fans quickly gathered behind the country star with many messages of support as well as challenging themselves with cancer.

“My 23 year old son has stage 4 stomach cancer, now 34 years old engaged and cancer free,” one fan wrote on Twitter to Keith. “So stay positive, I send you lots of prayers! It’s taken us eight years of major surgery, chemotherapy, back and forth to Ohio State. I thank God every night!”

“You are not only FAVORITE by us OKIES, but loved by millions around the world!” another fan Written. “Take care, be kind to yourself, let Jesus go with you through this, and we will ALL PRAY FOR YOU and YOUR FAMILY. Our Lord said HE has come. so that we can have LIFE and have it MUCH more.”

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