Earlier this month, the ’90s country legend was forced to cancel two shows after a message from his team posted to his social media accounts (which was later deleted) revealed that Chesnutt had been admitted to the hospital and was in the Critical Care Unit.
“Mark and his management team regret we have had to cancel two shows this week. Mark was admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening and is now in the Critical Care Unit in stable condition. He is receiving care and undergoing multiple tests to identify the cause of his medical issues.
We would like to apologize to our fans that have always been so very supportive and hope you will keep Mark in your prayers. We will post more updates once the doctors determine his condition.”
A later update revealed that Chesnutt was undergoing tests at the hospital:
“Mark Chesnutt is currently undergoing a medical evaluation after being admitted to a local hospital on Wednesday, November 1st. Mark and Tracy appreciate the outpouring of love, prayers, and support. Mark is looking forward to seeing everyone soon.”
And now, he’s revealed that he’ll be taking some time off the road to focus on his health and recovery.
In a new statement posted to his Facebook, Chesnutt said that he’s experienced some “extreme health issues” due to what he calls “a battle that I’ve fought to overcome for many years on my own.”
“To my family, friends, fans and the country music community…
Many of you who know me well, know that I have been struggling with a battle that I’ve fought to overcome for many years on my own. Now after some extreme health issues I’ve recently experienced the time has come. The fight is over. I’ve made the decision, to take the time to get healthy.
I’ll be coming off the road for the next couple of months to concentrate on getting well…..to take care of me, my family and so that I can get back out on the road, to give back to ALL of you who have shown me unconditional support, care and love throughout my entire career. I truly appreciate your heartfelt understanding in my commitment, and your sensitivity to my decision, and the privacy to allow me this time.
I’ll see you when I return to the road in February.
Be good to one another. Stay well. God Bless.”
The “Too Cold At Home” singer said that he plans to return to touring in February, and I think it’s safe to say we’re all rooting for him to make it happen.