Porter Wagoner has been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment and is in serious condition. According to a spokesperson, the 80-year-old Grand Ole Opry star, known for his trademark rhinestone stage outfits, "is asking for prayers from his friends and fans."

Nashville's WSMV-TV reported that Wagoner was admitted to the hospital earlier this week for observation.

He was hospitalized for two weeks in July 2006 after suffering a stomach aneurysm.

In May, Wagoner celebrated his 50th year on the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running live country music show. He helped launch Dolly Parton's career by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.

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