Porter Wagoner Moved To Hospice Care

*** FILE *** Porter Wagoner is shown at his home in Nashville, Tenn., July 19, 2007. Country music singer Porter Wagoner is hospitalized in serious condition, his publicist said Thursday Oct. 18, 2007. Darlene Bieber said the Grand Ole Opry star "is asking for prayers from his friends and fans." She said she had no other information. Wagoner, 80, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.(AP Photo/Ed Rode)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner has been released from a Nashville hospital and moved to hospice care.

The 80-year-old Wagoner was hospitalized October 15th and was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

A hospice provides care for the terminally ill.

Wagoner is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has been performing on the Opry for 50 years.

In 1967 he gave Dolly Parton her big break by hiring her as his duet partner.

His hits include "Carroll County Accident" and "Green Green Grass of Home." He's been enjoying a comeback this year that saw him recording again and gaining new fans.

His latest CD "Wagonmaster" was released in June and earned Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career.

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