(WVLT) - The Gaylord Opryland Resort has released a statement after the death of country music legend Porter Wagoner.
Wagoner died Sunday in Nashville at the age of 80.
Arthur Keith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort released this statement:
"It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to our good friend and Grand Ole Opry legend, Porter Wagoner. He was a part of our Gaylord Opryland Resort family, a part of our heritage, our community, an American icon, and a loyal friend. Our hearts go out to his family, with whom we are also very close. For 23 years Porter flipped the switch at our A Country Christmas lighting ceremony making 2 million lights shine bright. No doubt this year our lights will be sparkling even brighter with Porter smiling down on us."