BREAKING: Country Legend Mark Chesnutt Hospitalized, Undergoes Emergency Quadruple Bypass Surgery

The Texas native has been forced to cancel his upcoming concerts to allow himself time to recover.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 18, 2024


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Country music legend Mark Chesnutt was hospitalized over the weekend and was forced to undergo emergency quadruple bypass surgery due to a “heart health issue.” 

His team revealed the news to fans via social media on Tuesday afternoon (June 18) and also announced the cancellation of upcoming shows. 

The 60-year-old also issued a statement apologizing for any inconvenience this may cause to fans. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows,” Chesnutt shared. “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.”

The singer and his family are asking for privacy during this “difficult time of recovery.”

Chesnutt’s latest health setback comes just months after he was admitted to the hospital for a “medical evaluation” last fall. At the time, Chesnutt and his team thanked fans for the “outpouring of love, prayers, and support” but did not further elaborate on the medical issues he was experiencing. 

Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt Facebook
Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt Facebook

A few days later, in mid-November, he issued a statement that revealed that he was going to take a break from touring in an effort to take the time to “get healthy.” 

“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. Now after some extreme health issues I’ve recently experienced the time has come. The fight is over,” he wrote. 

He elaborated on his decision to step back from touring, writing, “I’ve made the decision, to take the time to get healthy. I’ll be coming off the road for the next couple of months to concentrate on getting well… 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.”

Chesnutt returned to the road earlier this year and has been playing shows ever since. 

At this time, it’s unclear how many shows Mark Chesnutt will need to cancel following his recent heart surgery. Fans should check his official website for updates.

According to his official website, Mark Chesnutt has 14 No.1 singles and 23 Top 10 hits. Throughout his lauded career, he has earned four platinum albums and five gold records. He first arrived at country radio in 1990 with “Too Cold At Home.” He became a radio staple in the 1990s and went on to release songs like “Blake It On Texas,” “Bubba Shot the Jukebox, and “Goin’ Through the Big D.”  In 1998, he released a cover of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing.” The song became a four-week chart-topper for Chesnutt and was the title track of his 1999 album.    

He is a road warrior at heart and continues to tour to this day. “I just make records because want people to come see my show,” he once shared. “Recording music for folks to just listen to music is great, but I’ve got to be out there on stage making it.”

He remains married to Tracie, his wife since 1992. They have three boys: Waylon, Casey, and Cameron. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.