Country music legend Ray Price left the hospital this week after receiving aggressive treatment for pancreatic cancer. For what his wife deems his “final days,” Price will now receive hospice care at his home in Texas, according to the Tennessean.
His wife of 45 years, Janie, explained the situation further in a hospital statement.
“Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions,” she said. “With God’s blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it’s with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months.”
She added: “Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It’s his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends.”
Price will remain near his ranch home in Texas. His wife also relayed his final message to fans and urged them to keep in touch on his Facebook page or by sending letters to Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.
“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.”
The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member is known for a huge range of classic songs which he recorded across an impressive career that has been one of the longest in country history. He initially gained attention for such innovative honky-tonk recordings such as “Crazy Arms” (watch below):
And later, he shifted to a smooth countrypolitan style on crossovers like “For the Good Times,” a song written by Kris Kristofferson that proved to be one of Price’s biggest hits.
Throughout his career, Price released 62 albums that received multiple Academy of Country Music and GRAMMY awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.