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Eddie announced his condition last month in a press release. "Yes, rumors have started," Eddie wrote. "And the truth is I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I will be undergoing surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in December. I will be back in January ready to rock for all the fans! Please keep my family and I in your prayers."
It's been a busy 2010 for the duo, who just finished up their touring schedule Dec. 4. Eddie plans to break for the holiday season, which he will spend with his family.
This is some much-needed good news for the singer, who announced his impending divorce to wife Tracy earlier this month. Eddie posted the news on Twitter and Facebook December 1: "U find out u got cancer then u found out ur wife can't handle that so she files for a divorce ... merry christmas," Eddie tweeted in a post that has since been taken down. "She says she's a Christian wow ... I think I need to get her a bracelet 'what would Jesus do' 'cause I hope he [is] still here with me."
His publicist confirmed to The Boot that Tracy filed for divorce because, according to Eddie, she couldn't cope with his illness.
A few days later, Tracy took to her Facebook page to make her case. "There are two sides to every story," she stated on her Facebook page (quote via USA Today). "Despite what is being said, Eddie's cancer had absolutely nothing to do with my decision. It's what the public doesn't know that finalized an extremely difficult decision that I was forced to make. I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this most traumatic time in our lives. For the sake of my children, I prefer to handle things from here on out in a private manner."
After the holidays, Eddie and duo partner Troy Gentry will be headed back out for a USO Tour in early 2011.