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Mel Tillis Recovering at Nashville Hospital Following Surgery

Reports of his declining health were overstated.

photo courtesy Mel Tillis Enterprises

Mel Tillis is “doing OK” following colon surgery earlier this month, despite a whirlwind of social media buzz that had fans concerned for his well-being on Friday (Jan. 15).

Mel’s publicist confirmed to Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, that Mel checked into Centennial Medical Center on Jan. 8 for his operation and remains under doctors’ care. However, he assures fans that Mel is on the right track to recovery, saying the living legend is alert and watching television between visitors.

In March 2014, Mel had another stint in the hospital after emergency heart surgery. Prior to his quadruple-bypass, Mel had experienced chest pains for several months. Once discovering the problem, doctors admitted Mel for immediate surgery. He returned to the road later that year.

Mel, 83, scored several No. 1 hits during his long career, including “Coca Cola Cowboy” (from the Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way but Loose) and “I Ain’t Never,” written with Webb Pierce. Mel, who became well known for his stuttering speech, landed roles in such films as Smokey & the Bandit II and Uphill All the Way. He won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award in 1976.

Everyone here at Nash Country Weekly sends love and prayers to Mel and his family at this time.

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