Pneumonia has once again put country singer Johnny Cash in the hospital. Cash, who was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville yesterday (Feb. 11) according to a spokesperson, is listed in serious b

Pneumonia has once again put country singer Johnny Cash in the hospital. Cash, who was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville yesterday (Feb. 11) according to a spokesperson, is listed in serious but stable condition this morning.

Cash, 68, was treated for pneumonia during a two-week hospital stay in October 1999. In 1998, he was hospitalized twice for it and said later he nearly died that fall. He was diagnosed in 1997 as suffering from a nervous system disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, but later was told by doctors that was a misdiagnosis.

He said as recently as two months ago that his health was much improved.

A nine-time Grammy winner (plus the Lifetime Achievement honoree in 1999), is nominated this year for two more Grammy Awards for his latest work, "American III: Solitary Man" (American/Columbia) -- best contemporary folk album, and best male country vocal performance for the song "Solitary Man."

Last year, Cash was celebrated with the release of "Love God Murder" (Columbia/American/Legacy,) a three-disc box set that that groups much of the country legend's music by the key thematic strands running through his career. He also contributed a cover of "I'm On Fire" as a bonus track to "Badlands," the Sub Pop label's tribute to Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" album.

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