Country Singer Mark Chesnutt Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery, Cancels Shows

Country music singer-songwriter Mark Chesnutt is recovering after undergoing emergency heart surgery.

According to a June 18 post on Chesnutt’s Instagram page, he experienced a heart health issue and was hospitalized on Sunday. He underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery and is currently recovering. The surgery and recovery has also led Chesnutt to cancel some upcoming shows.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows,” Chesnutt said in his statement on social media. “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.”

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A rep for Chesnutt did not immediately respond to Billboard‘s request for comment.

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Chesnutt had been set to perform shows in Louisiana and Texas on June 21 and June 22, as well as take part in Dauphin’s Country Fest in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, on June 30.

“Dauphin’s Countryfest is extremely saddened to hear the news that we won’t have Mark Chesnutt grace our stage this summer,” the festival said in a statement on social media. “We continue to send healing vibes to Mark and his family during his recovery. Our team is working diligently to secure another act to add to our wonderful Sunday lineup and will make an announcement as soon as we can.”

Chesnutt’s official website currently lists upcoming shows starting in September.

Chesnutt has earned eight No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hits, including the multi-week chart-toppers “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Brother Jukebox” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” The Beaumont, Texas, native has also forged his enduring career thanks to songs including “Blame It On Texas,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” and “It Sure Is Monday.”

See his statement about his surgery and show cancellations below:

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