Karl Tremblay began the biggest fight of his life. The singer of the popular band Les Cowboys Fringants announced on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer since January 2020. “No one knows the future. All we know is that one day we will all go. But in the meantime, we live,” he said in a video shared on social networks.
The Cowboys Fringants’ record label, La Tribu, made the news public for the first time on Tuesday morning through a press release. It was mentioned that the 45-year-old singer was diagnosed with cancer and that the group’s show schedule could change 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 had started chemotherapy. “And in the next few weeks I’m going to lose my hair and beard. Of course it’s still hair and beard. This isn’t the end of the world. It’s part of the treatment. »
He hopes to be able 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 desire to bring you great evenings with my companions and cowboy troubadours for 25 years will always be there. »
The Cowboys Fringants tour schedule is very busy for the next few weeks. By the end of the year there are about thirty appointments. In the next few days, the group will have to take part in several festivals, notably in Sorel (July 22nd), Roberval (July 30th), Rimouski (August 4th) and Lévis (August 7th). A visit to Europe is also planned for September.
That’s why Karl Tremblay wants to fight cancer with his head held high. “I am now part of this family of people who have to fight every day against this disease that is sadly evident in the world we live in today. »
The singer, father of two daughters he had 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
In early January 2020, Les Cowboys Fringants had announced that they would be postponing concerts scheduled for January, February and March this year. The group had indicated that Karl Tremblay suffered from two hernias and required surgery. We can assume that it was during this episode that the singer learned the terrible news of his cancer.
“Sometimes the Doc comes / Give me my results / And I’ll know if / I have a chance of recovery,” Karl Tremblay sang of the very touching song in 2008 heads up. The singer certainly had no idea those words would be prescient a dozen years later.
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A wave of support
“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 big Cowboys family. We love you Karl, we are thinking of you. »
“Good luck Karl, I send you lots of love. And know that you can be very beautiful without hair. »
“A huge portion of love, strength and courage for you and your family Karl! »
– Justine Laberge-Vaugeois (Alfa Rococo)
“We are thinking of you my brother xxx”
– Emile Bilodeau
“All my good vibes of courage and serenity! xxx »
– Jean Thomas Jobin
“Lots of love and positive thoughts from all of our family. ❤️ »
” Full of love. I love you xxxxxxx »
– Mara Tremblay
“From dashing cowboy to dashing warrior!” Courage my love, you are strong! »
“Carl, I love you. Forever. Much luck. »
– Domlebo (former Cowboys drummer)
“Full of energy for you Karl. »
“Good luck cowboy! »
– Fabien Cloutier