Haggard, Cash Recovering

Two country music legends -- Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard -- are convalescing following recent health scares. Cash checked out of Nashville's Baptist Hospital on Thursday following his second stay fo

Two country music legends -- Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard -- are convalescing following recent health scares. Cash checked out of Nashville's Baptist Hospital on Thursday following his second stay for bronchitis treatment since October. Haggard is recovering at his Palo Cedro, Calif., home from a strained muscle and a virus that caused him to cancel dates on his album release tour last week.

Haggard, 64, was filming a video in Texas when he experienced pain, according to a spokesperson. As previously reported, the artist, who underwent balloon angioplasty in 1996 for a clogged artery and had a stent implanted in 1997 to improve blood flow to his heart, canceled a few show dates and returned home to California for a checkup after consulting with his doctor.

"It's just a strained muscle, not a heart problem ... a little virus," Haggard said from his home Friday. "I'm gonna be back up and running real soon." He also said he expects to resume his tour in Canada on Nov. 14.

On Halloween, Cash was listed in stable condition at Baptist Hospital. He had been released from the hospital Oct. 22 after two weeks of treatment for bronchitis that began on Oct. 7.

Cash suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He has been hospitalized with it four times since 1998.


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