Country Legend Ray Price Enters Hospice Care, Leaves Fans Final Message

Posted on December 12, 2013 | by David Knowles

Ray Price, whose numerous country hits include "Release Me," "Crazy Arms," and "Heartaches by the Number," has entered hospice care after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Price, who is 87, left East Texas Medical Center on Thursday, KLTV News reported, and returned home in Mount Pleasant to live out his final days in hospice care. 

In a heartbreaking final message, Price thanked his fans for their support. 

"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," Price wrote. "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 performed what may be his final concert in May of this year. According to Janie, Price's wife of 45-years, the country icon will not pursue treatment for his cancer, KLTV reported. 

"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," Janie said in a 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. 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."

The video above, which is from the mid-1960s, is of Ray performing his hit "Invitation to the Blues." 

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