Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price is dead at the age of 87.
After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the legendary singer passed away today, Monday, December 16, at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Longtime family friend Bill Mack shared the devastating news on Facebook after speaking with Price’s wife this afternoon.
“JANIE JUST CALLED ME:
RAY PRICE LEFT FOR HEAVEN AT 4:43 PM CENTRAL TIME. HE WENT IN PERFECT PEACE. DETAILS LATER. JANIE AND THE FAMILY SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRAYERS. RAY’S BODY WILL BE RECEIVED AT RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME IN DALLAS.”
Born Noble Ray Price, the singer was dubbed the “Cherokee Cowboy” and was best known for his hits such as “Release Me,” “Crazy Arms,” and “For the Good Times.”
“I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them,” Price said in a final statement to his fans. “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.”