Mel Tillis Surgery Recovery Going Well, Country Singer Out of Hospital

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 04:33 PM

By Angela Deines

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Country music legend Mel Tillis is doing well after heart surgery and was released from the hospital Saturday, The Tennessean reported.

Tillis, 81, is featured in the newspaper holding up a sign that proclaims him a member of the Nashville medical facility’s Tristar Centennial Heart Zipper Club.

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“Dad is doing great and is happy to be leaving the hospital in time to catch today's Florida vs. Missouri game,” said Mel Tillis' daughter and fellow country music singer Pam Tillis told The Tennessean.

Tillis was in the hospital one week, The Tennessean said in a previous article.

“In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses,” Pam Tillis said in a statement last week to The Associated Press.

Tillis continues to perform and had to cancel four concerts because of his hospitalization. The singer is said to be releasing new music sometime this year.

A Sunday update on his website said, “Mel is out of the hospital and taking the next few weeks off to relax and recuperate (and watch the Gator games). The nurses said they have never experienced someone of his age so strong and agile after surgery, and that the younger folks could learn a thing or two from him. Thanks, again, for all the well wishes and prayers!”

The iconic country music singer, known for songs such as “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” is a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry and has received numerous awards for his music career. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2012 from President Barack Obama. He also received an honor from Our Time, a non-profit organization that helps children who stutter, in 2013.

Tillis sometimes stutters when he talks but it isn’t a problem when he sings.

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