NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sally Gayhart Arnold, the wife of country star Eddy Arnold and the inspiration for many of his love songs, has died. She was 87.
A spokeswoman for Williamson County Medical Center says Mrs. Arnold died Tuesday. She was hospitalized over the weekend with breathing difficulties.
The couple were married since 1941 and were described as two peas in a pod who relished their morning walks together. Friend say she supported him in his career and helped handle his business dealings.
Her death came as Mr. Arnold recuperated from hip replacement surgery in a different hospital.
Country singer Jim Ed Brown, a close friend of the Arnolds, says he visited Mr. Arnold earlier in the week and the singer was saddened because he knew something was wrong and couldn't be with his wife.
Arnold, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has sold more than 85 million records and had hits such as "Make the World Go Away" and "Bouquet of Roses."
Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com
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