Grand Ole Opry star recuperating after surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner is recovering after undergoing surgery.

An Opry spokeswoman says Wagoner had surgery yesterday to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He will remain in the hospital for several days. Wagoner was hospitalized after he became ill at his home yesterday.

The 78-year-old is famous for his rhinestone suits. He helped launch Dolly Parton's career by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.

Wagoner, whose hits include "Carroll County Accident" and "A Satisfied Mind," missed his scheduled performance last night at the Opry.

He's sung there since 1957.

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