Toby Keith announces he is battling stomach cancer but has received chemotherapy and plans to return to the stage

Country music superstar Toby Keith has announced he has been battling stomach cancer since late last year but has received treatment and plans to return to the stage soon.

In a statement posted on his Twitter verified and Instagram accounts on Sunday, Keith said he was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

“I have spent the past 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” the statement read. “I can’t wait to spend time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I can’t wait. -T”

According to his official website, Keith is scheduled to play Ribfest in Illinois on June 17.

He released his latest album — “Peso in my pocket” — last year after taking time off from touring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the site says.

In 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded Keith the National Medal of Arts, which the National Endowment for the Arts describes as “the highest honor given to artists and patrons of the arts by the government of the United States. United”.

“Toby Keith is a singer, songwriter, musician and humanitarian who has completed 11 USO tours to date. He has 32 No. 1 singles,” the National Endowment for the Arts said in a January 2021 statement.

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 the day after the September 11 attacks, made him a household name.

Keith has performed hundreds of shows for U.S. service members overseas, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as at events for Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush.

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