What happened to Colt Ford?

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Country singer Colt Ford experienced a severe health scare on April 8, 2024, when he suffered a heart attack after a performance at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Arizona. Following the incident, Ford was rushed to Desert Medical Center in Mesa, where he was listed in stable but critical condition. His team shared updates with People magazine, stating, “Ford remains in the ICU, with his condition steadily improving in a positive direction. At this time, his family is requesting privacy and appreciates your continued thoughts and prayers.”

In light of his heart attack, Ford canceled the remainder of his tour dates to focus on his recovery. On April 24, he updated fans from his hospital bed via a post on X (formerly Twitter), expressing gratitude for their support. “I just want to tell you guys thank y’all for all the prayers, the love, the comments, the messages. I got a long way to go but I promise you this old country boy will be back. It probably won’t be this year. I hate that I got to miss all these shows, but I’m coming back,” Ford stated. He emphasized the importance of health and assured fans of his eventual return to the stage.

A Close Call: Ford’s Brush with Death

In an interview on the “Big D & Bubba” show in April 2024, Ford revealed the severity of his situation, disclosing that he had died twice on the way to the hospital. “I didn’t even remember coming out here to do a show in Phoenix, and apparently we played this great, sold-out show and it was incredible. I walked back to the bus and texted my fiancée, ‘Hi baby,’ and fell over dead,” Ford recounted. He credited his band members for checking on him and aiding in his survival. Despite doctors giving him only a 0.1% chance of survival, Ford underwent procedures including the placement of three stents in his heart and a drain in his gallbladder, leading to a slow but steady recovery.

By May 2024, Ford was making progress. In a Facebook reel, he shared his first experience of fresh air since his heart attack. “I got my ass out of bed with the help of some wonderful nurses. I got in a wheelchair [and] they brought me outside so I can feel the sun on my face for the first time in a long time,” he said, highlighting the small yet significant steps in his recovery journey.

Ford’s recent heart attack is not his first serious health scare. In March 2021, he was diagnosed with eye cancer after a friend noticed a suspicious spot on his eye that rapidly grew in size. Ford underwent surgery and had to use chemo drops in his eyes to combat the disease. He reflected on the diagnosis in an interview with People, saying, “I thought to myself … all the dumb s*** I have done, I could have killed myself multiple times and this is what is going to take me out? I know darn well that God never puts anything on you that you can’t handle, but the Lord might have a lot more confidence in me than I thought.”

In addition to eye cancer, Ford was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease that affects the muscles and nerves, particularly impacting his vision. He shared his struggles with Taste of Country in May 2023, explaining how the disease affected his eyes and overall health. Despite the challenges, Ford maintained a positive outlook, stating, “I feel like I’m on the other side. I’ve gotten out of that hole now, and I ain’t going back down in it.”

Colt Ford’s health journey has been fraught with serious challenges, but his determination and positive attitude have been crucial in his recovery. His experiences serve as a reminder of the importance of health awareness and resilience in the face of adversity. Fans eagerly await his return to the stage, encouraged by his commitment to overcoming these significant health battles.