Ray Price, Country Singer, Dead at 87

Ray Price, Country Singer, Dead at 87

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Singer was erroneously reported dead on Sunday

Ray Price, the country singer behind such hits as “Talk to Your Heart,” has died at age 87, Billboard reports.

Billboard cites a Facebook post from country radio veteran Bill Mack, who has served as the family's spokesman in recent days.

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“Ray Price left for heaven at 4:43 p.m. Central time,” Mack wrote. “He went in perfect peace.”

Erroneous reports surfaced Sunday that Price, who entered hospice care on Thursday, had died. The reports were exacerbated by a Facebook post from Price's son, Cliff, saying he had “heard” the singer had died.

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Price had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Born Noble Ray Price in Perryville, Texas in 1926, Price — who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 — began performing on Abilene, Texas, radio station KRBC after a stint in the Marines. Other hits throughout his decades-long career include “Release Me,” “You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “For the Good Times.”

  • Steve-o

    i remember and loved the movie Billy Jack. As a kid who got bullied alot, he was one of my childhood heroes… Rest in peace, Sir.