Country Music Star Toby Keith Reveals He Has Stomach Cancer, Will Not Play Upcoming Gigs

Toby KeithThe seven-time Grammy nominee, who was recognized as Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Academy for two consecutive years in 2002 and 2003, revealed Sunday that he has stomach cancer,

Keith, 60, posted on social media about his condition.

“Last time I was diagnosed with colon cancer,” he wrote on Instagram. “I have spent the last 6 months getting chemo, radiation and surgery. So far all is well. I need time to breathe, recover and rest. I look forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans as soon as possible. I can’t wait.”

Keith’s publicist Ellen Schock said he would not perform at scheduled events “for now”. His latest tour was scheduled to begin this Friday.

Their most recent album, “Peso in My Pocket”, spawned Top 25 Country Singles“Old school”.

Keith was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last November. He recently performed at the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway.

The revelation of Keith’s illness sparked a flurry of support from famous friends.

“Hang in there, @tobykeith,” tweeted John Rich of country duo Big & Rich.

“Wishing you lots of strength and recovery my friend!” ESPN anchor Hannah Storm responded.