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  • 16 December 2013, 13:08

Ray Price's Son Reports Dad's Death In Error

Just like the author Mark Twain, reports of the death of country music legend Ray Price have proved to be an 'exaggeration'.

The 87-year-old's son reported by mistake that his father, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012,had died.

The Country Music Hall of Famer had returned to his Texas home only days ago to receive hospice care.

But his wife of 45 years, Janie Price told Rolling Stone magazine: "He is still with us."

Mr Price, one of the greatest voices of country music, is credited with revolutionising the genre with Number One hits like Crazy Arms and City Lights.

"I just like what I've done and how it's worked out, and it's been great," he told Rolling Stone earlier this month. "I haven't lost my voice, thank God for that."

Mr Price also gave country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson his start, as his road-show bass player.

"We're sort of like brothers in a way, we always help each other out when we can," he said.

Born on January 12, 1926 in a poor and tiny East Texas town called Peach, he joined the Marines at 17 before making his first record in 1949 and signing with Columbia in 1951, when he became close friends with Hank Williams.

And more than 60 years later, he was was looking forward to the release of his next album.

"I think it's one of the greatest things I've ever recorded," he said.

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