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Ferlin Husky Dies at 85


Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky has died at the age of 85. His string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s included "Gone," "Wings of a Dove" and "A Dear John Letter" (with Jean Shepard).

One of Ferlin's signature hits, "Gone," crossed over to the pop charts, ultimately reaching No. 4. "Wings of a Dove" stayed atop the country charts for 10 weeks in 1960 and hit No. 12 on the pop charts. The Missouri native also crossed over into acting, appearing on Kraft Television Theatre and in the film Country Music Holiday, among others.

Ferlin battled various health issues during the past several years. He was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., in 2009 with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

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