Freddy Fender Battling Lung Cancer

Freddy Fender is resting at his home near Corpus Christi, Texas, after doctors found more tumors on his lungs. Diagnosed with two cancerous tumors in January, a recent scan discovered nine more. Fender, 69, has canceled all performances. Fender first found national success in 1960 when his original recording of “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” became a pop hit. As a country artist, his 1975 single, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” won a CMA award for single of the year. His other No. 1 hits include “Secret Love” and “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” and an updated version of “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” He has also won three Grammys in the Latin category. In a story published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in Corpus Christi’s Caller-Times newspaper Fender said, “I feel very comfortable in my life. I’m one year away from 70, and I’ve had a good run. I really believe I’m OK. In my mind and in my heart, I feel OK. I cannot complain that I haven’t lived long enough, but I’d like to live longer.”