Country music legend Johnny Cash, hospitalized in Nashville last week with pneumonia, has been upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition. "He is improving," a Baptist Hospital spokesperson said

Country music legend Johnny Cash, hospitalized in Nashville last week with pneumonia, has been upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition. "He is improving," a Baptist Hospital spokesperson said yesterday (Feb. 19).

Cash, 68, suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He was treated for pneumonia during a two-week hospital stay in 1999. In 1998, he was hospitalized twice for the illness and said later he nearly died that fall.

Cash is nominated for two Grammy Awards -- best contemporary folk album for "American III: Solitary Man" (American/Columbia), and best male country vocal performance for the song "Solitary Man."

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