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Watson in critical condition after falling at home

Friday, May 25, 2012 – Doc Watson, 89, is in critical condition after a fall at his home in Deep Gap, N.C. earlier this week.

Watson's daughter, Nancy, said in a telephone interview with the Winston-Salem Journal that Watson fell Monday. She said he didn't break any bones but that he's "real sick."

Another paper, The Watauga Democrat reported Thursday that Watson had an infection.

Watson is widely considered the first great modern flat-picker and has influenced the folk and bluegrass genre. He has blind since just after birth. He also is intimately tied to MerleFest, the annual late April musical festival.

"With the good Lord's will, I'm 89 years old and I'm pretty healthy," he said on closing day, April 29 as he started to play in the Spirit of Sunday service.

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