B.J. Thomas Reveals Stage 4 Lung Cancer Diagnosis

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B.J. Thomas

B.J. Thomas, the award-winning pop, country, and gospel singer revealed today (Tuesday, March 23, 2021) that his doctors have diagnosed him as having stage four lung cancer. Thomas is receiving treatment in a local health care facility in Texas, and is hopeful for a complete recovery.

In a statement, the 78-year-old Thomas said, “I just wanted to take this unique opportunity to share my gratitude to Gloria, my wonderful wife and my rock for over 53 years, my family, friends, and fans. I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music, and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you. I ask all of you for your prayers during this time and that my music can live on with you.”

This ad for one of Thomas’ hits appeared in the June 13, 1970 issue of Record World

Thomas, born August 7, 1942, plans to continue to interact with industry colleagues and fans and remains optimistic about his availability to make public appearances.

The five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee has sold over 70 million albums worldwide with a total of eight #1 hits and 26 Top 10 singles throughout his 50 year career.

Thomas’ hits include “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Hooked On a Feeling,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” and “New Looks From An Old Lover.”

In an interview with Best Classic Bands in 2020, Thomas was asked if he was contemplating retirement. “I never have thought much about that,” he said. “But now with the pandemic I plan on going to work as soon as I’m protected with the vaccine. We quarantined early and we’re not taking any chances that we know of, so I’m hoping to be back. I’m still singing at a certain level that I think is okay. I’d like to get back next year, by next fall and then do a few more years, and see how it works out.”

Related: Our extensive 2020 interview with Thomas

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  1. Mary Jane
    #1 Mary Jane 23 March, 2021, 20:31

    Wishing you all the best. Have always loved you “Most of All.”

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  2. Sunset
    #2 Sunset 23 March, 2021, 23:54

    BJ your voice the first time i heard it i could never stop listening. i’ll always be listening to you. you have charm n looks n so fine a voice get well soon

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  3. Viv
    #3 Viv 24 March, 2021, 03:38

    BJ Thomas I just want you to know that I already said and will continue to say prayers for your complete recovery. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been going through so much. God is the perfect healer. Only he has the ability to miraculously remove anything less than Perfection from your lungs or your entire body. I pray that he does that for you now. I’ve always always always love your songs love your voice and I would love to continue hearing you for a long long time. Actually I want to hear a brand new song that you may record regarding your amazing healing. God bless you, your family and friends in every way.

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  4. Timflyte
    #4 Timflyte 24 March, 2021, 09:21

    Gods speed…..We will add you to our prayers. God has gotten me through 2 cancers ( kidney & prostate ). God is truly the healer. We love your music.

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  5. Joe
    #5 Joe 24 March, 2021, 10:53

    You have my prayers! Probably my all time favorite singer!!

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  6. Stick
    #6 Stick 24 March, 2021, 11:54

    Wishing you all the best…even Hank would cry at how beautiful your version of “I’m So Lonesome…” is! Be Well…

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  7. v2787
    #7 v2787 24 March, 2021, 12:38

    BJ Thomas performed at one of the very first rock ‘n roll concerts I ever saw, way back in the 60’s. (It was a Dick Clark Caravan of Stars show, with many great acts on the bill.) I still remember being blown away by “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, even after all these years have gone by. I wish him all the best and hope for a full recovery.

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  8. Ronsbabe
    #8 Ronsbabe 25 March, 2021, 13:05

    Prayers for you and your family. We came to Branson to hear you a few years ago. It was so worth the drive. Absolutely no one can compare to your version of So lonesome I could cry. Prayers and love.

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