Country Music Legend Johnny Cash Dies at Age 71

Fox News
Friday, September 12, 2003

NEW YORK - Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as "The Man in Black," has died, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn. He was 71.

"Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," said Cash's manager, Lou Robin, in a press release issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

The release said Cash died at the hospital at 1 a.m. EDT. He was released from Baptist on Wednesday where he had spent two weeks being treated for an unspecified stomach ailment.

"I hope that friends and fans of Johnny will pray for the Cash family to find comfort during this very difficult time," Robin said.

Johnny Cash 1932-2003 - It is with deep sorrow and an immense sense of loss that we mourn the passing of Johnny. Johnny passed away early this morning at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN. There has never been, nor will there ever be another like him. Johnny's legacy, both through his music and life will live on for generations upon generations. We will miss Johnny very, very much.

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