US country singer Ray Price, who started out with the likes of Hank Williams and Willie Nelson back in the 1950s, died aged 87, a family spokesman told US media.
Price, who recently announced he was in the final days of a battle with pancreatic cancer, died on Monday surrounded by loved ones in Texas, according to Billboard.com and other industry media.
In a career which spanned over six decades his hits included “For the Good Times” and “Crazy Arms,” while he also had a couple of big screen roles including 1982’s “Honkytonk Man.”
Only two weeks ago he was looking forward to the release of his next album, which he called “one of the greatest things I’ve ever recorded,” according to Rolling Stone.
“I just like what I’ve done and how it’s worked out, and it’s been great,” Price told the music journal, in what it said was his final interview. “I haven’t lost my voice, thank God for that.”
There was some confusion after Price’s son Cliff mistakenly posted on Facebook Sunday that his father had died, and then retracted the statement.
But on Monday country radio veteran Bill Mack, who has acted as a family spokesman, said Price’s wife Janie called him to confirm the singer had died.
“Ray Price left for heaven at 4:43 PM Central Time,” he wrote on his own Facebook page. “He went in perfect peace.”