Contrary to Reports, Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price Has Not Died
UPDATE: Multiple reports that Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price has died appear to be in error. Ray's son, Cliff Price wrote of his death on Facebook, but was not at Ray's bedside when he posted. Ray's wife, Janie Price, is with her husband and says he is alive.
Pancreatic cancer is brutal. It's a disgusting and fast moving cancer that can take a strapping person and reduce them to nothingness. I know because I watched a man I loved succumb to this horrible cancer. Today, we received word that cancer had taken the life of yet another great, however, those reports are not true.
Ray Price,a Country Music Hall of Famer who pioneered a rhythmic, honky-tonk sound that has had an impact on country music since the mid-1950s, has been battling pancreatic cancer, but has NOT passed away as earlier reported.
Nobel Ray Price was born in Perryville, Texas in 1926. Ray served with the U.S. Marines from 1944–1946, and began singing in 1948. Ray's song "For The Good Times" is the official song of Company A-1 of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets. In the early 1980s, representing their time in the corps, the seniors of A-1 sang the song before their last football game. Company A-1 seniors now sing it before every Texas A&M football game and at important outfit functions.
On December 12th, Ray left the hospital to receive hospice care at his home. His wife announced that he was in the final stages of cancer, and she delivered what she said was his final message:
I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and hope I haven’t let them down. 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.”