Hank Thompson Dies at 82

Country Music Hall of Fame legend Hank Thompson died of lung cancer at the age of 82, Tuesday night, Nov. 6.

Hank died at his home near Fort Worth, Texas, according to Heart of Texas Records president Tracy Pitcox. ”He was battling aggressive lung cancer,” said Pitcox. “He remained conscious until the last couple of hours and passed away peacefully surrounded by his friends and family.” Hank’s musical legacy covered several decades, with his first chart hit, “Humpty Dumpty Heart,” coming in 1948. His most famous song, “The Wild Side of Life,” stayed at the top for an incredible 15 weeks in 1952 and inspired the famous “answer song” by Kitty Wells, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” Hank was also one of the first country artists to play Las Vegas, and recorded the first live album in country history, Live at the Golden Nugget. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. There will be no funeral, but a “Celebration of Life” will be held Nov. 14 at Billy Bob’s Texas club in Fort Worth. “Hank will be cremated and buried next to his mom and dad in Waco, Texas,” noted Hank’s longtime manager D.D. Bray. Hank, who had no children, is survived by his wife, Ann.

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