Ferlin Husky RIP

03/21/2011
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(Gibson) Country and pop crooner Ferlin Husky died Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 85. Having suffered from heart problems for the past few decades beginning with heart surgery in 1977 Husky succumbed to congestive heart failure.

A statement on his website reads, "Ferlin passed away today in the Critical Care unit of a Nashville-area hospital where he had been under intensive care for several days. Truly one of the greats of country music, and a great individual who helped foster the careers of many others, we will miss our friend greatly."

Born in 1925 in rural Missouri, Husky got his start as a radio DJ and honky tonk singer, launching a seven-decade-long career as a country music star with a comic flair. Ferlin was one of the first country singers to earn a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted last year into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy some videos of three of Husky's No. 1 hits here

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