Sadly, this will probably be the last "sick call" on country legend Ray Price. The 87-year-old Hall of Fame singer has been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. Now, after a month-long bout with sepsis, his son released a statement saying that the famed "Cherokee Cowboy" is in his final days.
"My dad is very sick," Price's son wrote in a letter to Price's fans. "He is at East Texas Medical Center at Tyler, Texas." The note continued, "My dad is in the final stages of pancreatic cancer, and the general opinion is that he will not be going home."
Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2012. He made the diagnosis public in an interview with a San Antonio newspaper in October 2012, adding he felt good through the treatments. He has been in and out of the hospital numerous times this year, and things took a dramatic turn for the worse when Price developed sepsis. The blood infection nearly took his life, but he recovered and was released from the hospital in time to go home for Thanksgiving. Now Price is back in the hospital, apparently for the final time, as the combination of battling sepsis and the advanced cancer have taken their toll on his body.
Here's hoping that Price gets to see Christmas. And remember him, his family, and all his fans in your thoughts in prayers.