Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Fame member Porter Wagoner is in a Nashville hospital battling lung cancer.
A Grand Ole Opry spokesman announced that Wagoner, 80, was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this week. He has been in the hospital since October 15th. His condition is currently listed as serious.
Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Among his many contributions to country music include "A Satisfied Mind," "Sorrow on the Rocks," "The Cold Hard Facts of Life," "Misery Loves Company," and "Green Green Grass of Home." He hosted a syndicated television series in the 60s and early 70s that featured Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, and banjo player Buck Trent.
Wagoner's biography, A Satisfied Mind: The Country Music Life of Porter Wagoner, written by Steve Eng, was published in 1992.