Grammy Winning Singer, Bandleader RAY PRICE Dies at 87

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Grammy Award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ray Price has passed away due to complicaitons related to pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. The singer and bandleader had more than 100 country hits in his in his career which spanned decades.

Quoting family members, The Associated Press writes:

"Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant. ... He was discharged last week from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he had been in and out in recent months as he was treated for cancer and its complications. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it has recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, the hospital said."

Yesterday The Recording Academy released the following statement regarding the singer's passing:

"Two-time GRAMMY® winner Ray Price was a legendary country singer, songwriter and guitarist who had a prolific influence on the genre. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he consistently evolved his style and sound with versatile recordings that ranged from honky tonk to country swing.

Known for his velvet-smooth voice and innovative approach to country music, Price collaborated with and influenced some of country's biggest stars. The industry has lost one of its true visionaries and great talents. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans, as well as the countless artists he inspired."

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

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