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
"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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