Country star Toby Keith announces he has stomach cancer

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Country music singer Toby Keith on Sunday said he has been battling stomach cancer for the past six months and needs time to “breathe, recover and relax.”

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Keith, 60, announced the diagnosis on Twitter, and at least one of his upcoming concerts – at the Ohio State Fair in July – has been canceled.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith said in his tweet. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

Keith’s website lists a number of concerts scheduled in the weeks ahead. At least one has been canceled, a July 28 event at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

“Our hearts go out to Toby as he courageously battles cancer,” said a tweet from the fair’s official Twitter handle announcing the cancellation. It said all tickets would be automatically refunded.

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