Ray Price -- one of the most beloved country performers of all time -- has decided to end aggressive treatments for his long battle of pancreatic cancer, electing to return to his home under hospice care than stay in the hospital.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member has left East Texas Medical Center -- where he has been a patient since last week, and will be returning to his home in Mt. Pleasant, reports KLTV-TV.
Wife Janie made this post today on the singer's Facebook page:
"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions. 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.”
Price himself left this message for 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."
The singer began his musical career in the late 1940s, and has been recording for well over six decades. The singer managed to record and tour despite his battle with the disease until this past May. A new album, tentatively titled "Love Songs In Nashville," is slated for release in 2014. His best known hits include “City Lights” and “For The Good Times.”