Oak Ridge Boys Show Support For Member Joe Bonsall After Health Scare
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Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall took to Twitter on June 17 to announce he would not be able to sing during the group’s shows that weekend. He cited “health issues” as the reason for his absence, but did not go into further detail:
“There has been some concern for me and yes I AM having some health issues, that’s why I was looking a bit weak at the shows last week I will not be out with the guys this weekend but brother RUDY GATLIN will be filling in Should be fun!!!” Bonsall said.
Turns out Bonsall’s health issues were extremely serious. On Monday (June 20), he revealed he was “battling pulmonary embolisms” and spent several days in the hospital:
“I could have easily died last weekend but God is not through with me yet … I am home now after 6 days in the hospital battling pulmonary embolisms …” Bonsall said.
Bonsall said he was home from the hospital at that point. Although he’s feeling better now, his “recovery could take awhile.”
The other Oak Ridge Boys members took to Twitter to share their support for Bonsall in the midst of his health problems.
William Lee Golden tweeted, “Praying for God’s Blessings on @joebonsall today Our Singing Partner @oakridgeboys we miss you.”
Richard Sterban reached out to his followers and asked them to keep praying for Bonsall. “Please keep my friend and partner @joebonsall in your prayers. He scared us for sure,” Sterban said.
Duane Allen showed his support by retweeting Bonsall’s updates, his fellow Oak Ridge Boys’ messages, and various articles about Bonsall’s health.
There’s no telling when Bonsall will be able to join the rest of the Oak Ridge Boys on tour again. The group has concerts booked throughout the summer and fall, with their next performance being scheduled for July 3.
We’ll be praying for Bonsall’s quick and complete recovery.