Ray Price, Country Singer, Dead at 87

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.”