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Charlie Louvin Battles Pancreatic Cancer

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — 83-year old Country music legend Charlie Louvin has announced that he's battling stage two pancreatic cancer.

On July 22nd, Charlie will go in for a complex, six hour surgery, known as the Kausch-Whipple procedure, at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Louvin, and his brother Ira, formed the popular country and gospel duo, the Louvin Brothers, who were active during the 1950s and early 1960s. Although Ira died in a car accident, Charlie continued with a solo career, making numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In 2001, the Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

While Louvin's career fortunes had waned in latter years, he is in the process of staging a comeback, releasing one new album featuring collaborations with artists such as as George Jones, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Alex McManus of Bright Eyes, and Elvis Costello. Another album was in the pipeline but has been sidelined due to Charlie's medical issues. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers