Country Music legend Willie Nelson spent Sunday night in a Denver area hospital after complaining of breathing problems due to Emphysema and the high altitude. He was scheduled to play a benefit concert for a Humane Society Organization called the “Dumb Friends League” in Castle Pines Village when he had to cancel. Fred Bartlit, the host of the fundraiser told The Denver Post “I was told Willie woke up and had trouble breathing, so he was taken to the hospital.” The event, dubbed “Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ” was being held at Fred Bartlit’s home.
According to KVET 98.1 in Austin, Willie Nelson is feeling better this morning and planning to head back to Texas today. Nelson has a show scheduled at the Dallas House of Blues for Tuesday (8-21), but no word if he will be playing the show or not.
****UPDATE****UPDATE**** According to the Associated Press, Willie is doing fine, back in Texas, and plans to resume touring normally, including making his stop Tuesday (8-21) at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. Spokesperson Elaine Shock says Willie was never hospitalized.
Willie Nelson, known for being a marijuana user and proponent, has a history of lung problems. In late March of 2008, the singer almost died after having his left lung collapse while swimming in Hawaii. In 2010, Willie switched to using a vaporizer for marijuana because “…the vaporizers are better for your lungs. You don’t inhale any heat, you don’t inhale any smoke. You only get the vapors. The vaporizer is better for your lungs, sure.”
Willie Nelson is 79-years-old.