Writer's Note: Ray Price's son Cliff prematurely reported his father's death on Sunday, Dec. 15. Wife Janie Price released a statement saying he was in a coma and "fading." As of Monday (Dec. 16), the legend has, indeed, passed. Country music radio veteran Bill Mack released an official statement, via Facebook, saying, "Janie just called me: Ray Price left for heaven at 4:43 p.m. central time. He went in perfect peace. Details later. Janie and the family so grateful for your prayers. Ray's body will be received at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas."
Here is the original story, published on Sunday:
Ray Price leaves a vast 60-year legacy in the wake of his unfortunate passing. The singer, who recently chose to stop hospitalized treatments and return to his home in Mt. Pleasent, Texas, has died. He was 87.
The country crooner, most known for such hits as "Crazy Arms" and "The Same Old Me," was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. A few days ago, Price left a farewell message to his fans, writing, "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."
Growing up in East Texas, Price often cited Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys as a direct influence on his groundbreaking music. He recorded his first record in 1949 and later signed with Columbia in 1951. Early on, he befriended the equally talented Hank Williams at a Nashville radio station -- leading to a long business partnership, which included Williams penning "Weary Blues (From Waiting)" for Price.
Price went on to then record some of country music's most iconic records, such as 1957's "Sings Heart Songs" and 1963's "Night Life." As his career continued to flourish, he explored more "countrypolitan" sounds as found on 1967's "Danny Boy" and many other projects with fellow outlaw Willie Nelson.
When he looked back on his career, in an interview earlier this month with Rolling Stone, he remained humble, "I don't really think of it that way. I just like what I've done and how it's worked out. It's been great. . . I haven't lost my voice, thank God for that." He even recently finished a new album. "I think it's one of the greatest things I've ever recorded. The whole CD is twelve fantastic great songs. When it starts, everyone claims you can't stop listening to it. Everyone goes back and starts it over. And that's a good sign."
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