Updated: Ray Price in failing health at Texas hospital

Phyllis Stark

Updated: Ray Price in failing health at Texas hospital

Phyllis Stark
CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

Update, Dec. 12: Ray Price has left the hospital for his Mount Pleasant, Texas, home, where he is receiving hospice care for end-stage pancreatic cancer, the Associated Press reports today. In a statement issued by East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Price's wife of 45 years, Janie, said, the country music legend decided to "return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."

A hospital spokesperson also said the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs.

Texas TV station KTLV reports that Price left this final message: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Original story: Country star Ray Price is hospitalized with what is believed to be end-stage pancreatic cancer. Examiner.com and other sources are reporting that Price's son, Clifton, posted the following message on his father's Facebook page Saturday:

Dear Friends,
My Dad is very sick. He is in the East Texas Medical Center At Tyler, Texas. He has been in intensive care. He was admitted on Monday . . . My Dad is in final stages of pancreatic cancer and the general opinion is that he will not be going home. When I saw him the cancer seemed to have taken his strength away. Its very sad that cancer is going to take his life and that there is no cure. God bless everyone for their prayers.
Clifton Ray Price (son)
 
The 87-year-old singer confirmed in the fall of 2012 that he was battling pancreatic cancer. Since then, he has been hospitalized several times not just for that disease, but also kidney stones and severe dehydration. His wife, Janie, has been keeping his fans updated on his condition via social media.
 
Price charted 109 songs on Billboard’s country singles chart between 1952 and 1989. His eight No. 1 hits include “Crazy Arms,” which spent 20 weeks at No. 1 in 1956, and “City Lights,” a 13-week chart-topper in 1958. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

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