Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis is recovering from colon surgery at a Nashville hospital, but a spokesman says the singer-songwriter’s condition has been exaggerated in reports by online and social media.
In an interview with Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, Tillis’ publicist Don Murry Grubbs confirmed that the 83-year-old entertainer underwent surgery on Jan. 8 but emphasized that “he’s doing fine and on the right track.”
In a Facebook posting Friday afternoon (Jan.15), Grubbs wrote, “There is a firestorm of overstated media reports going around today about Mel Tillis’ health status following surgery. … Mel is on the path to recovery and is NOT in critical condition as stated in many reports.”
Tillis was scheduled to leave Florida on Saturday for the Country Music Cruise to the Caribbean with Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Owen and others.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, Tillis’ songwriting credits include “Detroit City” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” As a recording artist, his hits include “Coca-Cola Cowboy, “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” “Heart Over Mind” and “Send Me Down to Tucson.”