Ray Price will leave the hospital for home hospice care in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, according to a news release sent Thursday (Dec. 12) from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Price has been battling pancreatic cancer for more than two years. In the statement, he sent this message to his fans: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I 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."
Price and his wife, Janie, decided not to pursue any further aggressive treatment after Price re-entered the hospital.
"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie Price. "With God's blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it's with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It's his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Price's signature hits include "Crazy Arms," "City Lights" and "For the Good Times."
Cards may be sent to Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.