News Flash: Johnny Cash Released From Hospital

Country legend will rest at his Hendersonville, Tenn. home.

Veteran country singer Johnny Cash was released from Baptist Hospital in

Nashville, Tenn. on Monday. The 65-year-old singer had been admitted

nearly a month before to treat double pneumonia and Shy-Drager Syndrome, a

disorder related to Parkinson's Disease that causes fluctuation in blood

pressure as well as speech and vision impairment.

Cash's manager Lou Robin said in a statement that the singer "now feels

much better" and would return to his home in Hendersonville, Tenn. for rest

and regulation of his ongoing treatment for Shy-Drager. Gwen Hopkins, a

spokeswoman for Baptist hospital, said she had no details about what such

treatment encompassed.

"Johnny and [his wife] June [Carter] want to thank all of their friends and

fans whose prayers and good wishes helped speed his recovery," Robin said.

The Man in Black first revealed he was suffering from Shy-Drager during an

October concert in Michigan. Shortly thereafter he cancelled concert dates

and a book tour in support of Cash: The Autobiography.

Cash, who has written more than 400 songs, has seen his career span more

than four decades. In the past he has worked with such luminaries as Elvis

Presley and Bob Dylan; more recently he has collaborated with Beck and Tom

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