Colt Ford Hospitalized In ICU After Suffering Heart Attack

The country singer suffered a heart attack following a concert at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Arizona.

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Posted on April 5, 2024

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Colt Ford was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack following a show at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Arizona on Thursday evening (April 4).

Hospitalized Following Heart Attack

According to a statement from Ford’s team, the 54-year-old country singer was rushed to the Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona after his concert due to a heart attack. Colt Ford remains in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Banner Desert Medical Center.

Additional details on the situation are currently unknown. TMZ has reported that Ford is currently in “stable condition.” However, a representative for Ford says more updates will come soon.

Colt Ford; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski
Colt Ford; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski

Suffering From Health Issues

Myasthenia Gravis

Colt Ford has been dealing with several health issues in recent years. In 2022, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called myasthenia gravis. According to Mayo Clinic, myasthenia gravis is a disease that is “characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. It’s caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles.”

During an interview with Taste of Country, he opened up about the illness and how it “affects the muscles in your face, your eyes, and your throat. It hadn’t really affected my throat, but it really affected my eye. I had no control over my right eye. It really messes with your vision. I could see perfectly out of either eye, but then I would look together, and I’d see three of you, and you would be melting together like a lava lamp.”

“It’s been tough. The last year quite honestly got really hard for me. It’s a disease and there’s no cure for this,” he added.

He also shared an update on his condition and how the disease impacts his day-to-day life in the same interview. “There is a terrible fatigue factor that comes from it. They say there’s no cure, but this doctor has me on these supplements that are really helping me. I’m in a dang better place than I was,” he explained at the time.

Colt Ford; Photo Courtesy of Social Media
Colt Ford; Photo Courtesy of Social Media

In May of 2023, Colt Ford shared an update with fans about his condition.

“Hey guys, so I’m here getting my first infusion. VYVGART, I think, is what it’s called,” Ford shared in a video update. “If you see my eye, if some of y’all haven’t seen my right eye, I got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis. It affects your vision and your throat, and your voice. It can do all kinds of things, and I’m trying this new medicine that I’m hoping is going to be really helpful for me.”

Previously Battled Eye Cancer

He also previously battled eye cancer in 2021. “The doctor told me I was a week to 10 days from having to go on full chemo,” Ford told PEOPLE at the time. After undergoing surgery that year, Colt Ford resumed touring and successfully administered chemotherapy drops to address the cancerous spot.

Who Is Colt Ford?

Ford, a multi-platinum singer-songwriter, hails from Athens, Georgia. Notably, he has contributed numerous No. 1 hits to his repertoire, including his original recording of Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” which has amassed over 927 million streams globally. Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” went on to become a No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay in 2011.

He first launched into stardom in 2008 with his album, Ride Through The Country, which features “No Trash In My Trailer,” “Ride Through The Country,” “Cold Beer” and more.

Addtionally, Colt Ford recently released his first full-length studio project in three years, Must Be The Country. Stacked with 24 tracks, the collection includes features from Tracy Lawrence, Brantley Gilbert, Sam Grow, Tracy Byrd, Dillon Carmichael, and more.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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