Porter Wagoner goes to hospice care
Friday, October 26, 2007
– Porter Wagoner was released from a Nashville-area hospital to hospice care for lung cancer, his publicist reported Friday.
Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Wagoner, who was hospitalized in Nashville on Oct. 15. Wagoner, an Opry member since 1957, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
There was no further word on his condition.
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