The legendary country music artist Charlie Louvin has been diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer, according to a release issued by Steele Management, which represents the singer. Charlie, who turned 83 today, visited his doctor recently with what he thought was a minor complaint, and it was at that time the cancer was discovered. Here’s the release from Steele Management:
As Charlie Louvin turns 83 on July 7th, he is discovering a new foe. He recently went in to see his doctor with what seemed to be a minor complaint, and came back with a diagnosis of stage two-pancreatic cancer. Suddenly, the success of his new CD, “Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Waycross GA” out July 20th on Tompkins Square Records, is not nearly as important as Charlie’s victory over one of the most virulent forms of cancer. He has been through a lot in his 83 years, but this hurdle is one he was not counting on.
On July 22nd, Charlie will go in for a complex, six-hour surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. It’s called the Whipple Procedure. Charlie’s family and friends are encouraged that he will be in good hands, but they definitely covet your prayers.
Light in the Attic has had the great honor of working with Charlie on a project slated for release next year. It’s been a wonderful and fruitful experience. Our thoughts are with Charlie and his family and loved ones, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.