Country Music Legend Has Emergency Heart Surgery

Country music legend Mark Chesnutt, 60, is on the mend following an emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery. The news was shared by his team via an Instagram post on Wednesday, revealing that Chesnutt was hospitalized on Sunday prior to the operation.

Chesnutt, whose distinctive voice and honky tonk style have been a staple in country music for over 30 years, experienced a heart health issue that led to his hospitalization. The severity of his condition necessitated the emergency surgery. The recovery period will require Chesnutt to cancel upcoming performances, and his team has asked for privacy during this challenging time.

In the same Instagram post, Chesnutt expressed his disappointment over the cancellations and extended his gratitude to his supporters. He wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancelation 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.”

Prior to his hospitalization, the “Brother Jukebox” singer had been actively performing in various cities and had a summer tour planned. Chesnutt’s health scare follows a hospital visit in November 2023 for a medical evaluation, the specifics of which remain undisclosed.

The news of Chesnutt’s health issues comes on the heels of fellow country music artist Carly Pearce’s revelation about her own heart condition. Pearce, known for her hit “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” recently shared on social media that she has been diagnosed with pericarditis, a condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of the thin tissue surrounding the heart, often resulting in sharp chest pain.

Pearce has been candid about her health struggles, assuring fans that she is taking the necessary steps to manage her condition while continuing to perform. She emphasized the importance of listening to one’s body and taking health concerns seriously.