Country superstar Porter Wagoner dies at 80 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Country superstar Porter Wagoner dies at 80

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music's Porter Wagoner has died in Nashville at 80.

Wagoner, whose career ended on a high note, died at a hospice facility of lung cancer.

His final album, "Wagonmaster," produced with Marty Stuart, was released in June 2007 and earned Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career. Over the summer, he was the opening act for the influential rock duo White Stripes at a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Wagoner was hospitalized this month and his publicist disclosed he had cancer.

Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman Darlene Bieber says Wagoner died at 8:25 Central time last night.

Country singer and fellow Opry member Dierks Bentley visited Wagoner in the hospice over the weekend and said Wagoner led them in prayer, thanking God for his friends, his family and the Grand Ole Opry.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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