Recent reports of Willie Nelson’s ill health are untrue, the musician’s publicist confirmed on Thursday.
Elaine Schock told The Associated Press that Nelson is “perfectly fine” despite a March 13 report by Radar Online citing an anonymous source who claimed he was “deathly ill,” extremely weak, and unable to breathe. The Radar report has since been shared through numerous other websites including Washingtonfeed.com and Uconservative.net.
Schock turned to Nelson’s dozens of shows in recent weeks to support her statement. According to the AP, Nelson appeared healthy and “sang well” as he took the stage before 75,000 people at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 18.
Nelson was forced to cancel a series of shows in January and February of this year due to a “bad cold” before returning to the stage on February 16 in San Antonio.
False death reports have circulated online in recent years, with Nelson making reference to them in his song “Still Not Dead” from his upcoming album, “God’s Problem Child”, out April 28.