Country Legend Ray Price Dies at 87

He had over 100 songs on the Billboard country music charts

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Ray Price 1981

Veteran singer Ray Price, seen in Nashville, March 13, 1981, says he?s been working all his life to master his instrument is voice and his goal is to be the best singer in the world. Some of his recent records have been duets with long-time friend Willie Nelson.

Country musician Ray Price, who had over 100 hits, died at his home in Texas on Monday afternoon. He was 87-years-old.

Country radio host Bill Mack, acting as the family spokesman, confirmed the death via Facebook after receiving a call from Price’s wife Janie.  “Ray Price left for heaven at 4:43 p.m. Central Time,” Mack wrote. “He went in perfect peace.”

Price had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2011, which had since spread to his intestines, lungs, and liver, according to an Associated Press report. He was discharged from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas last week. Price’s son prematurely announced his father’s death on Sunday and later revoked the claim stating he’d been “deceived by some cruel people.”

Price had seven No. 1 hits and more than 100 songs on the Billboard country music chart between 1952 and 1989. His most popular songs included “Crazy Arms,” ”Release Me,” ”The Same Old Me,” ”Heartaches by the Number,” ”City Lights,” “Too Young to Die” and his rendtion of Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times.” Price was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

[Associated Press]