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Country star Ray Price leaves hospital for hospice

TYLER, Texas (AP) -- Entering what his wife calls his "final days," country music star Ray Price is ending all aggressive treatment for his pancreatic cancer and left an East Texas hospital Thursday to begin receiving hospice care at home.

Price was discharged from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he had been in and out in recent months as he was treated for the cancer and its complications according to a hospital statement. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs, the hospital said.

"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie Price, his wife of 45 years, in the hospital statement. "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."

The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame laureate will stay at his ranch near Mount Pleasant, Texas, about 60 miles north of Tyler and about 110 miles northeast of Dallas.

"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," his wife said.

Janie Price also relayed what she called her husband's "final message" to his fans: "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."

Price began his career in the 1950s as a honkytonk singer with such hits as "Crazy Arms" and "Heartaches by the Number." Later, he moved in a pop direction with orchestration on hits such as "Danny Boy" and "For the Good Times." He performed his last show in May.

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Dec 19, 2013 11:06AM
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Ray, when I was growing up my Mom & Dad played your music 24/7 I still listen to you as we speak You will be missed . My prayers are with you and your Family . God Bless
Dec 13, 2013 7:52PM
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Ray Price will be missed as one of the great singers of yester years.  His voice was what made him famious.  Distint  His records will live on and on. GOD here comes Ray Price.  Make room for him at the corral.

 

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I grew up listening to the music of this man and many other men and women just like them.Sadly,today there is really no one around to take their place.The song that Mr. George Jones sang,"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" was very prophetic.Real country music has died along with all of the great country singers.The Lord has blessed all of us who love real country music with all of these great people.They told stories in song about life for all of us,be it sad songs,love songs,patriotic songs,and even humorous songs.And they all went through trying times just like the rest of us.I want to thank all of the great country stars,both the living and the ones who have passed but are not yet forgotten,for the best music that anyone could ask for.There are still many of us who will continue to listen to their music as long as we can and will remember them long after they are gone.Thank you,Mr. Price for all that you have given and shared.When you do go,I for one will look forward to joining you when my time comes,to listen to you and the others with you as your voices are lifted again.
Dec 13, 2013 7:19PM
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THank you Mr. Price for showing us how to be a class act.  Thanks for all the years of beautiful songs.  Soon you will have a band of Angels backing you up.  How sweet it is. 
Dec 13, 2013 7:07PM
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Mr Ray Price, may god be with you to the end.  May you go in peace.  Your music is what will live forever in the hearts of those who cherised your singing.  I was just a young 20 something when I adjusted to country music and you were one along with Merle Haggard that I heard the most and crossed over to loving country music.  Thank you for your dedication and contributions.  May God rest your soul and give comfort to those who are left behind, again, thank you
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