POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:42pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
Famed and beloved East Texas country music singer and United States Marine Corps veteran Ray Price, has died at the age of 87.
The official statement was released by Bill Mack via his Facebook page.
Janie just called me:
Ray Price left for Heaven at 4:43 p.m., Central Time. He went in perfect peace. Details later. Janie and the family so grateful for your prayers. Ray's body will be received at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.
Price's wife, Janie, had been holding a constant vigil by his bedside in Mt. Pleasant since leaving East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, December 12.
Price confirmed he had been battling pancreatic cancer in November 2012.
Some of his most recognized hits include, "Release Me", "Crazy Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times", "Night Life", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". Price also served in the USMC from 1944 -1946.
Price was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
KETK asks you keep the Price family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.