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Johnny Cash leaves hospital
Johnny Cash
Cash suffers from a disease of the nervous system
Country music legend Johnny Cash has been released from hospital after being treated for pneumonia.

The 71-year-old singer was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, on 10 March.

He was released on Tuesday night, said hospital spokesman Jennifer Jackson.

"He's obviously doing much better," said Jackson. "We wanted to make sure he was completely better before we let him go."

Cash suffers from a condition called autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis.

The condition has led to recurrent bouts of both illnesses and the star has been in and out of hospital since 1998.

Inspiration

Known as the Man in Black - due to his favoured colour of clothing - Cash is considered the inspiration for a generation of country music singers.

His hits include A Boy Named Sue, Ring of Fire and A Thing Called Love.

Cash has sold more than 50 million records during a career spanning five decades and has won eight Grammy Awards.

Born into a poor family in Arkansas in 1932, Cash claims to have only ever had one singing lesson, in which he was given the advice: "Never change your voice."

He has since lent his distinctive bass tones to songs about coal miners, convicts and cowboys.

Hall of Fame

In a life shadowed by drug and alcohol problems, Cash was once fined $85,000 (58,000) for starting a forest fire.

He has not toured since 1997 but his last album, American IV: The Man Comes Around was released at the end of last year.

He is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


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