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Johnny Cash Hospitalized With Pneumonia

November 18, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Music legend Johnny Cash is being treated for pneumonia just weeks after being diagnosed with Shy-Drager Syndrome, a form of Parkinson's Disease.

Cash's manager, Lou Robin, told JAMTV on Monday that the 65-year-old rocker was hospitalized with pneumonia about a week ago. "The pneumonia is unrelated to the Shy-Drager Syndrome," Robin said. "He's doing well and responding to the treatments."

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