Singer Ferlin Husky dead at 85

March 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM
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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., March 18 (UPI) -- Country music recording artist Ferlin Husky has died at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., his manager said. He was 85.

Larry Graham, his friend and manager for nearly 40 years, confirmed Husky's death Thursday to The New York Times.

The cause of death was not reported, but the Times noted Husky had been hospitalized several times in recent years for various health issues.

Husky is best known for "Gone," his 1956 country hit, which crossed over onto the pop chart as well.

The Missouri native and World War II veteran also enjoyed success with the records "A Dear John Letter" and "Wings of a Dove."

A frequent guest on "The Tonight Show," Husky appeared in the films "Mister Rock and Roll" and "Country Music Holiday," as well.

Husky is survived by six daughters; two sons; his companion, country singer Leona Williams; and 11 grandchildren. Husky's son, Danny, died in 1970, the Times noted.

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