Jo Dee Messina announces cancer diagnosis and postpones tour dates
American country music artist Jo Dee Messina -famous for a string of radio hits in the late 90s and early 2000s such as “Bye Bye”, “Because You Love Me” and “I’m Alright” – revealed on Wednesday (Sept. 6) she has been diagnosed with cancer. Therefore all 2017 tour dates after October 7 are postponed as she undergoes treatments in the fall.
“Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with her fans, so those of us at Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer.” A statement on the singer’s website reads “It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God’s hand at work.”
The announcement posted by her team on her website didn’t specify the kind of cancer the country star has been diagnosed with, but said she’s “working closely with a team to explore all options.” You can read it in full here.
The musician and mom of two, who turned 47 in August, holds the distinction of being the first female country artist to score three multiple-week No. 1 hits from the same album (“I’m Alright”).