Wagoner Moved To Hospice

Porter Wagoner, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, has been released from the hospital and moved to hospice care, a spokeswoman for the Grand Ole Opry said Friday.

Wagoner, 80, a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1957, was hospitalized Oct. 15. Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said he entered a hospice Friday.

The Missouri-born Wagoner, whose hits include “Carroll County Accident” and “Green Green Grass of Home,” has been enjoying a comeback that saw him recording again and gaining new fans.

His latest CD, “Wagonmaster,” was produced by Marty Stuart and released in June. It earned Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career.

Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch Dolly Parton’s careeer by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.