Ray Price in a 1952 publicity photo not long after he launched his career in Abilene. (File)
MOUNT PLEASANT (December 16, 2013) Ray Price, a towering traditional country singer who was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, Sr., died Monday at his home in Texas after a battle with pancreatic cancer
He was 87.
Billy Mack Jr., the son of Bill Mack, says Price died Monday afternoon.
Mack, a family friend, said he was acting as a family spokesman.
The wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed the death.
Price was perhaps best known for his version of the Kris Kristofferson-written song "For the Good Times" in 1970, which became a pop hit.
He was one of the most influential figures in country music in the 1960s and '70s, helping define the genre's honky-tonk sound early in his career, then taking it in a more polished direction later.
Price, 87, was discharged last week from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler and was receiving hospice care at home.
The hospital said his cancer had spread to Price's liver, intestines and lungs.
Price’s wife said last week her husband was "alert and aware of his surroundings,” but was losing his two-year-long fight against the disease.
She said her husband's "final message" to fans thanks them for their support, and she says he hopes he hasn't let them down.