Porter Wagoner Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Legendary Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner has been diagnosed with lung cancer, a publicist for the entertainer reported Oct. 20.

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The 80-year-old singer, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member this year, remains in a Nashville hospital. This past Friday, Oct. 19, Porter was visited in the hospital by his former duet partner and longtime friend Dolly Parton. “She told him she’d be back to see him again, and would sing with him the first night he returned to the Grand Ole Opry,” said Jessie Schmidt, a publicist for the Opry. Dolly described Porter as very weak but “had his wits and joked around.”

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