Country Star Gets Emergency Surgery After Health Scare


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Country music star Mark Chesnutt has been hospitalized after a significant health emergency, leaving fans guessing as to whether he will survive the weekend.

The 60-year-old’s representatives wrote on Instagram that he was admitted Wednesday to undergo emergency heart surgery. “Mark Chesnutt, one of the most signatured country music voices of the 90s and a honky tonk mainstay for more than three decades, experienced a heart health issue over the weekend that hospitalized him Sunday evening, June 16;” the post reads. “Mark underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery.”

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Chesnutt’s announcement did not detail what condition caused him to seek treatment or his prognosis for recovering from surgery, the Daily Caller reported. Only bad news has followed, with representatives adding that his fans will need to give the “Too Cold at Home” star some space and hold on to their concert tickets until later.

“The recuperation time will make it necessary to cancel show dates,” his rep wrote. Added Chesnutt himself, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows.”

“I send my love and gratitude to my family and friends, the band and fans for your understanding, prayers and support, and look forward to seeing you all again soon at a honky tonk near you,” the star said.

Between 1990 and 1999, a young Chesnutt rode the top of country music’s Billboard charts as the genre began its transition from traditional folk to pop stardom by the likes of Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, and LeAnn Rimes. Across eight albums, Chesnutt earned 20 top-ten hits and eight No. 1s, including “Brother Jukebox”, “I’ll Think of Something”, “It Sure Is Monday”, “Almost Goodbye”, “I Just Wanted You to Know”, “Gonna Get a Life”, “It’s a Little Too Late”, and a cover of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The Texas native has won two Country Music Awards for his neotraditionalist style.

The world of country music has experienced significant upheaval in recent years. Morgan Wallen, who first faced calls for cancellation over insensitive racial remarks, has bounced back to sell out some of the biggest shows in his career. Colt Ford, another singer who survived multiple health scares, revealed on a podcast in May that he “died twice” while in the ambulance on the way to receive treatment for a heart attack. New age country music singer Jelly Roll, who is hosting the CMAs this year alongside singer Ashley McBryde, opened up in April about the struggles he has faced with addiction among family members while raising his young daughter. A Hulu documentary chronicling the Grammy-nominated artist’s rise to fame was released on Hulu earlier this year.

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