Sadly, Ray Price’s son announced on his Facebook page that things do not look good for his Dad.
Ray was hospitalized this past Monday only after being released from his last hospital stay shortly before Thanksgiving. He is in the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas.
Ray Price has been battling Pancreatic Cancer since November 6, 2012. He has been in and out of the hospital several times in the last six months. He has chosen to not take drastic and extensive surgical measures to possibly extend his life as it would require surgery and long term recovery in a nursing home. He is quoted as saying, "That’s not very much an option for me. God knows I want to live as long as I can but I don't want to live like that."
Ray is best known for his hit, “For the Good Times.” Some of Rays other achievements and awards are taking home the title of Album of the Year in 1970 and Single of the Year with, "For the Good Times," from the Academy of Country Music. In 1971 he took home the big one for Album of the Year for his album, “I Won’t Mention It Again,” from the Country Music Association. In 1971 he won Album of the Year - "I Won't Mention It Again."
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He won a Grammy in 1971 for Best Male Country Performance with “For the Good Times again in 2008 with his collaboration with Willie Nelson for "Lost Highway."
This man has been so important to Country Music and music in general. Hearts are breaking all over Music City tonight.
Folks in the music community in Nashville have started a prayer chain for Ray and his family tonight. Please join them in praying for strength for his family in having to say goodbye to such a wonderful man.