Country star Toby Keith announces stomach cancer diagnosis

Country star Toby Keith announced Sunday that he has been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer since last fall.

The multi-platinum singer said on Twitter that he has had surgery and received chemotherapy and radiation for the past six months.

“So far so good,” said Keith, an Oklahoma native who turns 61 on July 8. “I need time to breathe, rest and relax.

“I look forward to spending this time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner than later. I can barely wait for it.”

The status of Keith’s performances for the remainder of that year wasn’t immediately clear. His next performance is scheduled for June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois, according to his website. Following Keith’s announcement, the Ohio State Fair announced that his July 28 concert in Columbus, Ohio was canceled.

Keith’s publicist Elaine Schock said in an email Sunday night that some tour dates are being canceled “but I’m not sure how many at this point.”


keith’s Foundation, endowment has been caring for children with cancer since 2006.

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