Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Dates Following Stomach Cancer Diagnosis

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Charles Bradley performs on the Open Air Stage during Day 2 of the Womad Festival at Charlton Park on July 29, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. 

Soul singer Charles Bradley has canceled the rest of his planned fall tour after the 67-year-old singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer. In a statement posted on the fiery performer's official site on Tuesday (Oct. 4), Bradley revealed that recent show cancelations due to illness led to the diagnosis. 

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"In the past few months, I have had to cancel a number of shows due to illness, taking me away from my beautiful fans," wrote Bradley, whose career began in 1967 as a James Brown impersonator, but didn't take off until the release of his 2011 debut, No Time for Dreaming. "My doctors recently discovered a cancerous tumor in my stomach. I’m getting the best medical care and we are all extremely optimistic. I will fight through this like I’ve fought through the many other obstacles in my life.

"My upcoming tour dates will be postponed so I can concentrate on healing. Thank you all for understanding. Music is how I share my love with the world, and the love that my fans have given back brings me so much joy. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous faces soon, and to continue to share my love through music."

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Bradley and his band, the Extraordinaires, have been on the road for most of 2016 promoting the Changes album and the singer's site listed at least 36 dates through January 2017 across North American and Europe.