For more than two weeks, country legend Johnny Cash has been in Nashville's Baptist Hospital undergoing treatment for pneumonia, according to a hospital spokesperson. The 71-year-old artist was admitt
For more than two weeks, country legend Johnny Cash has been in Nashville's Baptist Hospital undergoing treatment for pneumonia, according to a hospital spokesperson. The 71-year-old artist was admitted March 10 and is listed in stable condition.
"We're taking our time and making sure he is completely healed," spokesperson Jennifer Jackson said. "We're being as careful as possible." She said Cash should be released soon, but could not give a date.
Cash was diagnosed about 15 months ago with autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He was hospitalized in August for an allergic reaction, and twice in the fall of 2001 for bronchitis.
Last month Cash won his 11th Grammy Award, picking up the best male country vocal performance honor for "Give My Love To Rose," from his latest album, "American IV: The Man Comes Around." The American Recordings/Columbia album recently peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 45 on The Billboard 200.
Another cut from the album, Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" recently appeared on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The track peaked at No. 33 on the tally and made it to No. 56 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
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