Country Hall of Famer Ray Price Dead at 87

Singer's death had been prematurely reported a day before

Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price has died. The singer succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on Monday (Dec. 16), four days after issuing a goodbye letter to his fans and entering home hospice.

Price's death comes one day after several publications, including Rolling Stone, USA Today and CMT prematurely reported the singer's passing.

Born in Perryville, TX on January 12, 1926, Price moved to Nashville in the early 1950s, forming the Cherokee Cowboys, whose varying membership through the years included Roger Miller and Willie Nelson. "Danny Boy" and Kris Kristofferson's "The Same Old Me" were among his more notable recordings before he began concentrating on gospel music later in his career. His final album, Last of the Breed, was recorded with Nelson and Merle Haggard and released in 2007. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

Price found country radio success over four decades, including crossover success in 1970 with the Kris Kristofferson song "For The Good Times," his only hit to find the Top 40 in Billboard's Hot 100.

See an Opry performance of "For The Good Times" below.