Toby Keith reveals he had stomach cancer last fall

Toby Keith (pictured in 2018) says he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall.  (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder USA)

Toby Keith (pictured in 2018) says he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder USA)

Toby Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall, the country star revealed in an Instagram message on Sunday.

According to the post – the first public acknowledgment of his health struggles, the 60-year-old musician has received private treatment.

“I’ve had chemo, radiation, and surgery for the past six months,” Keith wrote. “So far, so good.”

The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer – known for his politically charged lyrics and patriotic attitude – added that he “needs time to breathe, recover and relax.”

Although Keith stopped sharing his prognosis, his post ended on an optimistic note.

“I look forward to spending this time with my family,” wrote the Oklahoma native, who shares three children with his wife Tricia. “But I’ll see the fans sooner or later. I can’t wait.”

Keith’s announcement was met with messages of support as fans offered prayers for his recovery.

Meanwhile, local CBS affiliate WBNS is reporting that Keith’s scheduled July 28 appearance at the Ohio State Fair has been canceled, according to a tweet from the organizers.