Porter Wagoner Hospitalized

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Country music singer Porter Wagoner is hospitalized in serious condition. His publicist, Darlene Bieber, said the Grand Ole Opry star "is asking for prayers from his friends and fans." She said she had no other information.

The 80-year-old Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967.

In May he celebrated his 50th year on the Opry, the long running live country music show.

Wagoner's career took an upturn this year when he signed with ANTI-records, an eclectic Los Angeles label. Over the summer, he was the opening act for the White Stripes at a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

Wagoner was hospitalized for two weeks in July 2006 after suffering a stomach aneurysm.

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