Grammy Award-winning singer B.J. Thomas revealed he is battling stage four lung cancer.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Thomas’ representatives said the pop-country-gospel artist is “receiving treatment in a local health care facility in Texas, and is hopeful for a complete recovery.”
“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,” Thomas said in the statement. “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.”
The singer is perhaps most known for the Oscar-winning hit “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” from the Robert Redford-Paul Newman 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The single, penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1970.
His greatest hits also include “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Everybody’s Out of Town” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” among others.