Country star Toby Keith shares cancer diagnosis on Instagram

Oklahoma - Country music star Toby Keith revealed that he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and undergoing significant treatment for the last six months.

Toby Keith performs on stage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival on October 30, 2021, in Austin, Texas.
Toby Keith performs on stage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival on October 30, 2021, in Austin, Texas.  © Rick Kern / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

"I need time to breathe, recover and relax," the 60-year-old wrote on Instagram.

According to the post, the Should've Been a Cowboy singer was diagnosed with the disease in the fall and has spent the past six months undergoing a grueling regime of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

"So far, so good," he continued in his post.

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Keith said that he looks forward to spending this time with his family. In his post, he said he would be "seeing the fans sooner rather than later, so I can't wait."

The 60-year-old, who has also starred in several films and shows, was set to start his Country Comes to Town tour this Friday in Wheaton, Illinois. Though he didn't explicitly cancel any performances, his publicist Elaine Schock told USA Today that Keith won't being playing any upcoming gigs "for now."

The Beer for My Horses musician has released 19 studio albums and has been nominated for a Grammy several times. In 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded Keith the National Medal of Arts.

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