Karl Tremblay, Cowboys Fringants, with prostate cancer
Karl Tremblay, the singer of the Cowboys Fringants, has just announced that he has prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with in January 2020, and has just started chemotherapy treatments.
The 45-year-old entertainer shared the sad news on social media with Cowboys Fringants, and its record label, La Tribu, also made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday.
This is to inform the public that he may soon have no more hair and beard when he goes on stage in show that Karl Tremblay wanted to reveal his health problems.
It is also possible that the Cowboys Fringants tour itinerary will be slightly modified in the coming weeks or that concerts will be canceled, given the circumstances, “depending on his physical form and his treatment schedule”, specified his team, although Karl Tremblay is keen to continue his activities.
At the beginning of 2020, the Cowboys Fringants had to postpone shows from their Les antipodes tour; it was then specified that Karl Tremblay had to be operated on for two hernias and that he then had to remain in convalescence. The news of his cancer had so far remained secret.
Donations to the CHUM
The Tribe has asked that Karl's privacy be respected Tremblay in this difficult period, “as well as that of all the members of the Cowboys Fringants and their families”, in order to allow him to concentrate on his treatments. The group does not wish to grant any interview on this subject.
Les Cowboys Fringants and their entourage encourage people, if they wish, to make a donation to the CHUM de Montréal, “or any other organization that is close to your heart”.
Karl Tremblay's statement
“For two and a half years, I have been followed by extraordinary people, doctors, specialists, researchers, nurses, supported by my family and my friends. I had come to announce it to you, to the public and to the fans, since I started chemotherapy treatments and, in the next few weeks, I will lose my hair and my beard.
Obviously, it's still hair and beard… it's not the end of the world, it's part of the treatment, and all the warriors who are currently fighting cancer have battles to deliver. And I am now part of this family of people who have to fight against this disease every day.
However, if my health allows it, I would like to continue to do concerts. So, it's a bit to warn you that it's possible that, for the next few weeks, I won't be the hairy cousin Karl that you find on stage, maybe I'll have less hair. But the heart and the desire to make you spend magnificent evenings with my companions, my colleagues and troubadours, Les Cowboys Fringants for the past 25 years, will always be there. »