Great American Country extends prayers and well wishes to Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, 87. Ray is leaving East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas, today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.
In 2011 Ray was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer. Publicist Marty Martel reports despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. Ray and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.
“Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions,” says Janie. “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’s wife added that the legend has this final 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.
If you’d like to send Ray and Janie a note, please post it on their Facebook page or mail a card to: Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.
Ray performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for February 12, 2014 in Nashville.