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US country star Colt Ford promises to get back on-stage after health issues

The 53-year-old had to cancel more than two dozen tour dates across the US.

Colt Ford

US musician Colt Ford has promised fans “this old country boy will get back” after suffering health complications.

The 53-year-old had reportedly been admitted to intensive care after suffering a heart attack at the beginning of April following a performance in Gilbert, Arizona, according to US outlets.

Ford thanked his fans for their love and messages in a video posted on social media, which appeared to show the musician on a hospital bed with a visible post-surgery scar on his chest.

“I’ve got a long way to go, but I promise you this old country boy will get back,” Ford said, after cancelling more than two dozen tour dates across the US.

“It probably won’t be this year, and I hate I’ve got to miss all these shows, but I’m coming back. I am coming back.”

Ford also said he was “grateful” to his friends and celebrities who had reached out while he was in hospital, as well as his family and fiancee Megan.

“It’s tough on everybody. You don’t realise that until you get into this situation – make sure you take care of yourself, things can sneak up on you.

“But know that I’m coming back, I’m coming back, I promise you.”

Ford rose to fame in 2008 with album Ride Through The Country, before co-writing and recording track Dirt Road Anthem alongside Brantley Gilbert – which became a Billboard Country Airplay number one hit for Jason Aldean after his rendition.

The song was also nominated for a Grammy for best country solo performance in 2012.

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