Karl Tremblay started the biggest fight of his life. The singer of the popular band Les Cowboys Fringants announced on Tuesday that he has had prostate cancer since January 2020. “No one knows the future. All we know is that we are all going to leave one day. But in the meantime, we are alive,” he said in a video shared on social media.
It was through a press release that the Cowboys Fringants’ record company, La Tribu, made the news public for the first time on Tuesday morning. He mentioned that the 45-year-old singer was suffering from cancer and that the group’s show schedule could undergo changes in the coming months, depending on the singer’s physical condition.
In his video, Karl Tremblay clarified that he was ready to break this news to the public and fans, as he has started chemotherapy treatments. “And in the next few weeks, I’m going to lose my hair and beard. Of course, it’s still hair and beard. This is not the end of the world. It’s part of the treatment. »
He added that he hoped to continue giving concerts “if my health allows it, if my voice allows it.” “Maybe I have less hair on stage. But the heart and the desire to make you spend magnificent evenings with my colleagues and my fellow Cowboy minstrels of the last 25 years will always be there. »
The Cowboys Fringants tour schedule is very busy for the next few weeks. There are about thirty dates for the end of the year. In the coming days, the group is due to participate in several festivals, notably Sorel (July 22), Roberval (July 30), Rimouski (August 4) and Lévis (August 7). A visit to Europe is also planned for September.
Therefore, with his head held high, Karl Tremblay intends to lead his fight against cancer. “Now I am part of this family of people who have to fight every day against this disease that is unfortunately evident in the world we live in today. »
The singer, the father of two daughters with Cowboys multi-instrumentalist Marie-Annick Lépine, said he hopes the public will continue to respect his need for privacy, “to live it our way.”
Surgery in 2020
At the beginning of January 2020, Les Cowboys Fringants had announced that they were going to postpone the concerts planned for January, February and March of that year. The group had indicated that Karl Tremblay suffered from two hernias and that he should undergo surgery. We can assume that it was during this episode that the singer learned the terrible news of his cancer.
“Sometimes the doctor will come / Give me my results / And I’ll know whether or not / I have a chance of recovery,” Karl Tremblay sang in 2008 in the moving song. head high. The singer surely had no idea that these words would be prophetic a dozen years later.
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a wave of support
“All my love, my friend. The whole family here sends you courage and positive energy. The dignity you show moves us and inspires us. Our hearts go out to you and the great Cowboys family. We love you Karl, we think of you. »
– Vicente Vallieres
“Good luck Karl, sending you lots of love. And know that she can be very beautiful without hair. »
“A huge dose of love, strength and courage to you and your family Karl! »
– Justine Laberge-Vaugeois (Alpha Rococo)
“We are thinking of you my brother xxx”
– Emile Bilodeau
“All my good vibes of courage and serenity! xx »
“Lots of love and positive thoughts from our entire family. ❤️ »
– Pierre Hebert
” Full of love. I love you xxxxxxx »
“From handsome cowboy to handsome warrior!” Courage, my dear, you are strong! »
Karl, I love you. Forever. Good luck. »
– Domlebo (former Cowboys drummer)
“Full of energy for you Karl. »
“Good luck cowboy! »
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