Cash Hospitalized Again

Country legend listed in stable condition

November 1, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Johnny Cash was admitted to Nashville's Baptist Hospital on October 31st for a recurring bout of bronchitis. He was admitted on October 7th to be treated for bronchitis, in what his management described as a "precaution," so that his condition didn't worsen. Cash was released two weeks later, before being readmitted on Wednesday.

The country music legend suffers from autonomic neuropathy, which makes him susceptible to pneumonia. The sixty-nine-year-old Cash has been hospitalized several times in the past year for pneumonia, most recently on February 11th, when he checked into Baptist Hospital after a trip to his home in Jamaica. Four years ago, Cash was misdiagnosed as having Shy Drager Syndrome, a form of Parkinson's Disease. Late last year, doctors changed his diagnosis to autonomic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nervous system.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »