Posted Thursday, May 2nd 2013 @ 4pm
The wife of the late George Jones has opened up for the first time about how the legendary singer spent his last days and hours before his death on April 26. Nancy Jones says the family knew his health was fading fast, but they chose to keep it quiet as not to worry friends, fans and family.
“He was so proud that he kind of kept it away from everyone and just would try to do the best he could with what was going on,” Jones told WSMV-TV in Nashville. “He was a very, very brave man.”
George Jones was 81 years old when he died of hypoxic respiratory failure one week after entering the hospital with a fever and irregular blood pressure. His wife says he was never in pain. “He was alert until about six hours before he passed,” she reveals. “No suffering, joking and saying, ‘Why y’all crying?’ He said, ‘I’m going to heaven.’ I truly believe he’s there right now.
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