Cash in Hospital With Pneumonia

Monday, February 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pneumonia has once again put singer Johnny Cash in the hospital.

Cash, 68, was in serious but stable condition Monday morning at Baptist Hospital. Spokeswoman Donna Mason said he was admitted Sunday morning.

Cash was treated for pneumonia during a two-week hospital stay in October 1999. In 1998, he was hospitalized twice for it and said later he nearly died that fall. He was diagnosed in 1997 as suffering from a nervous system disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, but later was told by doctors that was a misdiagnosis.

He said as recently as two months ago that his health was much improved.

Cash, known as ``The Man in Black,'' has had a string of hits such as ``A Boy Named Sue,'' ``Folsom Prison Blues,'' ``I Walk the Line'' and ``Sunday Morning Coming Down.''

An eight-time Grammy winner and a six-time winner of Country Music Association awards, Cash was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He was nominated this year for two more Grammys.