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Country legend Willie Nelson cut short a concert due to breathing problems, according to various reports from the scene. He later tweeted that he was suffering from altitude sickness and was “headed for lower ground.”
The 84-year-old singer was performing the early part of his set when he left the stage Sunday night at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City.
Nelson, who has battled with a string of health complaints in recent months, was reportedly taken to a local hospital. Billboard has reached out to Nelson’s reps for comment.
This is Willie I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground
— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 14, 2017
The latest health concern comes after a report published by Radar Online in March quoted an anonymous source saying Nelson was “deathly ill.” Elaine Schock, Nelson’s publicist, denied the claim and said he was “perfectly fine.” Nelson nixed several shows in late January and early February with a “bad cold,” though he has performed on various occasions since.
The Country Music Hall of Famer’s most recent album, God’s Problem Child, bowed atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in May, his 17th No. 1 on the survey (and third to arrive at the summit). God’s Problem Child also cracked the top 10 on the Billboard 200 (peaking at No. 10).
Nelson has been the target of various online death hoaxes over the years. He addresses them in the God’s Problem Child song “Still Not Dead.”
More to come….
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