Country music legend Ray Price is planning to leave East Texas Medical Center to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for hospice care. News channel KLTV revealed today that Price is in the final stages of pancreatic cancer.
Originally diagnosed in 2011, the cancer has spread to his intestines, liver, and lungs. He and his wife, Janie, have kept country music fans updated on his progress through their Facebook pages.
"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie Price. "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. 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."
Ray Price provided this last message for 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."
Janie thanks the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let the fans know the best way to send them a note is on their Facebook page or you can mail a card to: Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.
Ray Price is best known for his award winning songs, "For the Good Times," "Release Me," and "City Lights." The 87 year old Country Music Hall of Famer played his last show in May 2013.
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