Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head star B.J Thomas says he’s battling lung cancer

Grammy-winning vocalist B.J. Thomas has confirmed that he's been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

The Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head singer, 78, released a statement on Tuesday informing fans of his health battle and expressing thanks to his friends and loved ones.

"'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," the artist said.

He went on to say that he "feels 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."

Thomas, who is being treated at a medical facility in Texas, added: "I ask all of you for your prayers during this time and that my music can live on with you."

A representative for the star told MailOnline that the singer is "hopeful for a complete recovery".

The Oklahoma native, who was raised in Texas, broke through in 1966 with his version of Hank Williams 1949 song I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He scored a second national hit with Hooked on a Feeling in late 1968 — a song that went on to reach No. 1 in its Ooga-Chucka version by Blue Swede six years later.

The veteran crooner is the winner of five Grammys, including three for Best Inspirational Performance in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

His rendition of Amazing Grace took the category in 1982, while his track The Lord's Prayer win the Best Gospel Performance.

Among his first hits were his 1966 cover of the Hank Williams song I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, and the 1968 song Hooked on a Feeling.

His biggest hit to date has come with the 1969 song Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, which was at the top of the charts for a month to start 1970.

The song, which was featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, was named the Best Song at the Oscars.

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It has has also been featured in films such as Forrest Gump and Spider-Man 2.

His international sales have crossed the 70 million album mark.

Thomas has been married to singer-songwriter Gloria Richardson since December 1968 and they have three daughters: Paige, Nora and Erin.

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