Monday, April 15, 2019

Sick Call: Hal Ketchum Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

Sad news made its way across the country music world as Hal Ketchum's wife Andrea made a social media post that her husband is battling the effects of Alzheimer's disease and is no longer capable of going out and performing live. As a result, no future shows have been booked and he will retire from the road.

Ketchum, 66, released his debut album, Past the Point of Rescue, in 1991 and is probably best known for his iconic hit "Small Town Saturday Night" and his longtime membership in the Grand Ole Opry.  In 1998 he was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, which left him without the use of the left side of his body. He eventually recovered enough to revive his musical career until 2008, when he decided to retire. Much to fans' delight, he decided to take things up again in 2014, releasing an album and scheduling tour dates. His tour activity has slowed dramatically, spurring fans' concern and his wife's eventual revelation of his diagnosis.

The post is below. In it, Andrea states, "Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it's time for Hal to stay home with loved ones. Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends."

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