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Remembering Johnny Cash September 12, - Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as "The Man in Black," has died, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn.
The release said Cash died at the hospital at 1 a. He was released from Baptist on Wednesday where he had spent two weeks being treated for an unspecified stomach ailment.
Cash had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years and was once diagnosed with a disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, a diagnosis that was later deemed to be erroneous.
Cash's deeply lined face fit well with his unsteady voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches, and tales of everyday life. He wrote much of his own material, and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.
Cash said in his autobiography "Cash" that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments.
Cash was a peer of Elvis Presley when rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis in the s, and he scored hits like "Cry! He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.
The late s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from In the s, he found a new artistic life recording with rap and hard rock producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings.
And he was back on the charts in with the album "American IV: In his hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the downtrodden people in the world.
Cash was born Feb. When he was 12, his year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts.
The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.
He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career after his discharge. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single "Hey Porter," which became a hit. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at prisons.
Along the way he notched 14 No. Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time.
He never did, though he battled addictions to pills on and off throughout his life. He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.
He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married inwith helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in Together, the couple had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara.
They divorced in In MarchCash made headlines when his California-based record company, American Recordings, took out an advertisement in the music trade magazine Billboard. The full-page ad celebrated Cash's Grammy award for best country album for "Unchained. Cash once credited his mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, with encouraging him to pursue a singing career.
Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn. He also had a home in Jamaica. The following statement was issued today Sept. They wish to thank everyone for their prayers at this difficult time.
We also take solace in the knowledge that he is again reunited with his dearest companion, June. Our lives, and indeed the entire planet, will forever feel the emptiness of his loss, but his music and the greatness of his spirit will endure.
More than a thousand people filled the church in Hendersonville, the town north of Nashville that Cash called home. Flowers from many, including Bob Dylan and actor Robert Duvall, adorned the front of the church, where Cash lay in an open casket.
Longtime friend Kris Kristofferson opened the service with remarks and a song, describing Cash as "a holy terror -- Abraham Lincoln with a wild side" and as a man "who represented the best of America. Larry Gatlin ended the service by introducing members of the Carter-Cash family, including the legend's brother, sisters and daughter Rosanne Cash, who choked up as she noted, "We mourn the loss of two connected beings, Johnny Cash and Daddy," adding, "I can almost live in a world without Johnny Cash because he will always be with us The Man in Black www.
But the echoes of his tunes will reverberate forever. Here's to Johnny Cash www.
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