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Grandpa Jones In Critical Condition
New reports from Nashville's Baptist Hospital reveal that Opry Star Grandpa Jones is in critical condition after suffering a stroke. Since Saturday, January 3rd, the 84-year-old entertainer has been in the hospital's intensive care unit. Following his second show at Saturday evening's Opry performance, the veteran entertainer was rushed in an ambulance to Baptist. The singer/musician/comedian explained that he felt dizzy after his performance. Opry manager Jerry Strobel reported that the backstage medical staff discovered Jones' blood pressure was high. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is perhaps best known for being a Grand Ole Opry regular since 1946, a 24-year Hee Haw star, and recording such songs as "Mountain Dew," "Eight More Miles To Louisville" and "Old Rattler." Jones has undergone two open heart surgeries and suffered a mild stroke in 1991.
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