Music Stars Send Heartfelt Messages to Toby Keith after Stomach Cancer Diagnosis

Fellow music stars have been sending heartfelt messages to Toby Keith after he went public about his battle with stomach cancer.

Keith’s fans were shocked by the news when he announced his cancer diagnosis in a social media post on Sunday.

Jason Aldean told Keith on Instagram, “Damn, bro. Hate ur dealing with that, but if anybody can kick cancer’s ass, it’s you.

“Prayin’ for ya big man.”

Sammy Hagar said, “Wishing my big buddy a speedy recovery and a whole lotta love from most redheads around the world #SeeYouInCabo.”

Bret Michaels wrote, “@tobykeith, my heart, soul & prayers are always with you and your family.

“My friend, keep your incredible warrior spirit.”

Country star John Rich said, “Hang in there @tobykeith.”

Country duo Thompson Square wrote, “We are sending big love and prayers for healing.”

Keith said yesterday on social media: “Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I’ve spent the last six months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery.

“So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.

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“I am looking forward to spending this time with my family.

“But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”

His next scheduled performance was to be Friday in a suburb of Chicago at the Naperville Ribfest.

“We are very disappointed with the news of his cancellation, but our thoughts and prayers go out to Toby and his family as he faces a very difficult and challenging time in his life,” Bev Schafman, chairperson for this year’s Ribfest, said.

“We are examining our options at the moment and intend to replace Toby Keith on our stage, and will announce our plans shortly.

“However, we stand with the millions of Toby Keith fans at this time and say, “Get well soon, Toby!”

Keith’s publicist, Elaine Schock, said in an email to The Daily Herald that some tour dates will be canceled, “but I’m not sure how many at this point.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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