Legendary bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has died at age 89 after a battle with cancer.
The news was announced by Stanley's grandson, Nathan, who wrote on Facebook, "Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago." Nathan goes on to share that his grandfather had been battling skin cancer and passed away peacefully in his sleep.
Ralph Stanley became a staple in the bluegrass community when he and his brother, Carter, formed the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The duo performed as the Stanley Brothers with the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1946 until Carter's death in 1966.
The Stanley Brothers are credited with developing bluegrass music in the 1940s and 50s and influenced many of today's bluegrass artists.
In the year 2000, Ralph Stanley played a key role in a modern day bluegrass revival due to his work on the soundtrack of the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Stanley was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992 and became the first person to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.
Our prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Ralph Stanley at this time.
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