Country singer June Carter Cash, the wife and duet partner of Johnny Cash, was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday as a result of complications from heart surgery, according to their longtime

Country singer June Carter Cash, the wife and duet partner of Johnny Cash, was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday as a result of complications from heart surgery, according to their longtime manager, Lou Robin. Cash, 73, had the surgery on Wednesday at Nashville's Baptist Hospital to replace a valve.

Johnny Cash issued a plea, asking everyone to pray for his wife's recovery at 10 a.m. CT yesterday (May 11). "June did this for him one time when he was critically ill," Robin said. "The recovery the next morning was something the doctors couldn't describe or imagine."

June Carter Cash is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and author. She and her husband have performed together on record and on stage, on such songs as "Jackson" and "If I Were a Carpenter," which both won Grammy awards for them in 1967 and 1970, respectively. She also co-wrote Cash's 1963 hit "Ring of Fire," which was about falling in love with him.

Cash himself was released from the hospital a little more than a month ago. He suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia.


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