Though specifics were scarce, Mark Chesnutt's latest social media post about his health read as a positive one. The 60-year-old country music legend was hospitalized recently for undisclosed reasons, forcing him to cancel multiple concerts.
"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," Chesnutt wrote on Tuesday (Nov. 14) in a Facebook post. "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," the post continues. "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."
The post follows reports that Chesnutt was hospitalized on Nov. 1 and treated in a critical care unit.
Chesnutt named February as when he hopes to return to the stage. That timeframe affects two tour dates: Nov. 18 in Kingsville, Texas and Dec. 7 in Las Vegas. His schedule resumes on Feb. 24 in Hinton, Okla.
It's not clear if this has any connection, but Chesnutt cancelled two months' worth of shows in July 2021 after undergoing back surgery.
A '90s country icon, Chesnutt has scored eight No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The Texas-based honky-tonk traditionalist's best-known songs include "Blame It on Texas," "Bubba Shot the Jukebox," "I'll Think of Something," "Goin' Through the Big D" and "Brother Jukebox." He's still active on the road, playing numerous shows a year in Texas and beyond.
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