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Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley Hospitalized After Bad Fall

Legend spends half a week in hospital with a pelvic fracture and cancels shows through mid-October

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley has been hospitalized for a minor injury sustained last weekend.

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Ralph Stanley is in the hospital this week, recovering from a fractured pelvis sustained in a fall on September 26th. The 88-year-old bluegrass legend is expected to make a full recovery, although the injury has already forced him to cancel a pair of upcoming shows, including an appearance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. 

Rumors that Stanley broke his hip were dispelled by a Wednesday afternoon post on Stanley’s Facebook page, which identified the injury as a small pelvic fracture. He’s expected to return to the concert circuit soon, with an October 18th show at Austin’s Paramount Theatre serving as his first gig since the fall. 

The oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Stanley is one of bluegrass music’s architects, as well as a member of pioneering groups the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Stanley Brothers.

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