Mark Chesnutt Coming Off The Road Temporarily Due To “Extreme Health Issues”
’90s country music great Mark Chesnutt issued a statement Tuesday (Nov. 14) saying that he has made the difficult decision to come off the road temporarily.
The news comes after Chesnutt, 60, was hospitalized on Nov. 1 for an undisclosed reason. His team first shared that he was being treated in a Critical Care Unit and was in stable condition. That post was quickly removed and replaced with one sharing that Mark was undergoing a medical evaluation, but shared no further details at the time.
On Tuesday, Mark issued a statement on social media saying that he has been “struggling with a battle” that has led to extreme health issues. He added that he will be coming off the road until February so he can focus on his health.
“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,” Chesnutt wrote. “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.”
He expressed his appreciation for the support and understanding he’s received, and asked for privacy and “sensitivity to my decision.”
Earlier this year Chesnutt was forced to cancel shows on doctor’s orders due to unspecified health issues.
In 2021, Chesnutt underwent “urgent” back surgery which led to an extended hiatus. He had initially taken time off to recover from the surgery, but complications led to a longer recovery time. He cancelled all of his remaining 2021 concert dates and intended to return to the road in February 2022, but was delayed once again after “some underlying medical issues” were discovered.
A few months later, he shared that he was recovering well due to physical therapy and diet changes. He was eventually able to return to touring in the summer of 2022.
It’s unclear if his currently medical issues are related to previous health problems.
About Mark Chesnutt
Mark Chesnutt was one of the biggest acts of the ’90s. During that decade, Mark charted twenty Top 10 hits with eight of them hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Among those chart-topping songs were “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.”
He earned two CMA Awards during his career: Horizon Award (now known as Best New Artist) and Vocal Event of the Year, both of which he won in 1993.