Ed Masley | Arizona Republic
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B.J. Thomas, a pop star with a connection to a church in Peoria, AZ, has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
The five-time Grammy winner is receiving treatment in a Texas health care facility and is hopeful for a complete recovery.
Thomas issued a statement revealing the diagnosis.
“I just wanted to take this unique opportunity to share my gratitude to Gloria, my wonderful wife and my rock for over 53 years, my family, friends, and fans,” he wrote.
“I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music, and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you. I ask all of you for your prayers during this time and that my music can live on with you.”
The singer, whose hits include “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” spoke to the Arizona Republic in 2019 about his connection to Community of Grace Church in Peoria in advance of a performance there.
Thomas’ connection with Community of Grace Church
“I’ve got a long history with this particular reverend (Tim Wright) and his family,” Thomas said.
“His church is the only gospel-church situation I’ve worked at in 30 years. I’d been in the gospel business in the late ‘70s to the mid ‘80s, and I kind of left that situation. Then I would do whatever gospel thing I wanted to do in the context of what I would normally do. Tim and I have a great friendship and he’s got a great church.”
He also talked about the prospect of retiring someday.
“If I reach a point where I don’t feel like I’m performing as well, I guess that could happen,” he said.
“I am getting older; it’s inevitable my throat is aging as well. Maybe there will come a time at some point, but you know as long as I’m really having fun and I still do have a major motivation to do it, I just want to do it.”
Thomas plans to continue to interact with industry colleagues and fans and remains optimistic about his availability to make public appearances.