Country Singer Chely Wright Says She’s “Okay” After Suffering A Stroke Last Year

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Country star Chely Wright took to social media Friday (November 1) to share some “personal news” with her fans. Wright revealed that one year ago she suffered a stroke. She shared the news for the first time in an effort to encourage people to listen to their body and educate themselves about stroke symptoms.

Wright, who turned 49 last week, wrote that she went to the hospital after suffering a migraine that lasted three days. She said that she “sort of knew” she’d had a stroke, and had even said aloud to herself in the mirror, “Did you have a stroke?”

“What I had been experiencing with that headache and leading up to that headache was different,” the “Single White Female” singer shared of the symptoms that prompted her to go to the hospital. Doctors performed a series of tests and confirmed Wright’s suspicions of a stroke.

Thankfully, Wright is okay despite having a trying year. Read her full statement below:


The American Stroke Association encourages individuals to use the simple acronym F.A.S.T. to spot stroke signs and know when to call 911.

Other symptoms of a stroke can include:
Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes.
Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause.

Chely Wright released her debut album in 1994 and was named the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright landed her first Top 40 country hit in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive.” Two years later, her fourth album yielded a number one single, the title track, “Single White Female.”

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