Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dead at 89

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dead at 89

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Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has died. Family members confirmed that the banjo player and leader of the Clinch Mountain Boys died on Thursday (June 23) at age 89 after a battle with cancer.

Stanley’s grandson Nathan broke the news in a Facebook post on Thursday night asking for prayers as he expressed his heartache. The younger Stanley is also an accomplished bluegrass artist. He says his “Pawpaw” died after a battle with skin cancer:

I feel so lost and so alone right now. He was my world, and he was my everything. He was always there for me no matter what. I just cannot get a grip on this.

His millions of fans and thousands he influenced…



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