Johnny Cash's plans to attend the MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28) in New York were scuttled by his hospitalization in Nashville for an unspecified stomach ailment.

Johnny Cash's plans to attend the MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28) in New York were scuttled by his hospitalization in Nashville for an unspecified stomach ailment. He was in stable condition today. "He's being held for observation and treatment. We expect to release him within a few days," said a Baptist Hospital spokesperson. Cash was admitted to the hospital on Monday.

Cash's manager, Lou Robin, said the illness was an "isolated incident." He said the artists plans to go to Los Angeles next week to record a new album, which, as previously reported, will be produced by Rick Rubin.

The 71-year-old Cash suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He's been in the hospital several times in recent years. His wife, June Carter Cash, died in May of complications from heart surgery.

Cash's video for his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," is up for six awards at tonight's VMAs, including best video. Robin said Cash would watch the on television.


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