Wagoner Released to Hospice Care

Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Porter Wagoner, who was hospitalized in Nashville on Oct. 15, was released to hospice care on Friday (Oct. 26). Wagoner, an Opry member since 1957, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He had been listed in serious condition since being admitted to a Nashville-area hospital on Oct. 15. In May, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Opry member during a special segment of the show hosted by Marty Stuart and featuring guest appearances by Patty Loveless and Wagoner’s longtime duet partner, Dolly Parton. Wagoner was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.