Grand Ole Opry Star Suffering From Lung Cancer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A publicist for Porter Wagoner said the country singer has lung cancer and remains hospitalized in serious condition.

His Nashville publicist, Darlene Bieber, said she had no further information about his condition yesterday.

The 80-year-old singer in May celebrated his 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running live country music show.

Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.

Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt had said Parton visited Wagoner in the hospital last week and pledged to sing with him again.

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