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Ian Tyson cancels appearance due to 'unexpected and serious medical situation'

Iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled an upcoming concert with Corb Lund due to "an unexpected and serious medical situation."

Iconic Canadian singer-songwriter says he's having heart problems that prevent him from performing

Ian Tyson, shown in 2010, is a storied performer who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Order of Canada in 1994. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his upcoming concert with Corb Lund due to "an unexpected and serious medical situation."

"I'm having some heart problems and the doctors are looking after me. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and see you soon," Tyson said in an email sent to ticket holders for the Aug. 25 show at the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller, Alta.

A representative for the 84-year-old said he was admitted to hospital on Monday after recent issues with his heart rhythm.

Paul Mascioli, Tyson's manager, said Friday he expects the musician will undergo a medical procedure in the coming days before he returns to his Alberta ranch to recuperate.

Lund intends to perform at the concert without Tyson, and said Tyson will still receive his share of the earnings for the show. 

The two have been frequent collaborators. 

"I'm disappointed that Ian and I won't be able to share the stage at such an amazing venue so close to where we both call home," wrote Lund.

  • Watch Ian Tyson and Corb Lund talk about their collaboration with CBC Arts reporter Deana Sumanac-Johnson in 2013, in the video below:
Deana Sumanac speaks with country artists Ian Tyson and Corb Lund about their musical connection 3:20

Tyson is a storied performer who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Order of Canada in 1994. 

He started his musical career in the late 1950s and early 1960s as one half of the folk duo Ian and Sylvia and is probably best known for the song Four Strong Winds. He and Sylvia were married but divorced in 1975.

He has faced heart problems in the past, undergoing surgery at Calgary's Foothills Hospital to replace an aortic valve three years ago.

Mascioli said the musician has a determination and strong will that he expects to pull him through.

"I've represented him for over 30 years and he's had a few hiccups before and overcome them," he said. "I can't see why he wouldn't do this one, too."

Ian Tyson first found fame in a folk duo with Sylvia Tyson, who he was married to until 1975. Here, they perform at a benefit show in 1964. (Norman James/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

With files from The Canadian Press