Reports of Price death premature, but singer is failing
Sunday, December 15, 2013
– Reports surfaced Sunday that Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price had died, but his wife said that was not true.
Price, however, appears to be in failing health.
Price's son, Cliff, posted on Facebook that his father had died. Several media outlet reported his death.
Price's long-time friend, Bill Mack, posted ""As of 7:00PM, the great Ray Price is still with us, although obviously fading from the cancer. This was verified by Janie Price less than an hour ago (6:00PM, Central). Just wanted to release this "update" because so many of you have issued your concerns. Thank you! It's been a long day since Janie called me this morning notifying me of his "failing condition", but I've had the opportunity to observe hundreds of caring, loving messages. What a deserving compliment to Ray."
Janie is Ray Price's wife.
Price left a hospital in Tyler, Texas last week for home hospice care in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He has been fighting pancreatic cancer for more than two years.
"I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them" Price said in a statement. "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."
Price's hits include Crazy Arms, City Lights and For the Good Times.
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