Charlie Louvin, the Country Music Hall of Famer, celebrated his 83rd birthday on July 7 with some very unpleasant news: he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Louvin said in a press release on his web site that the cancer is stage 2, and an operation known as a Whipple procedure is scheduled for July 22. The cancerous part of Louvin's pancreas, bile duct, and small intestine will be removed, and his digestive system will be reconstructed. Louvin is expected to be in the hospital for two weeks following the surgery.
Keep this legend in your thoughts and prayers.