Country music legend Ray Price dies at 87

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Country singer Ray Price, a pioneer of Texas honky-tonk music who later applied his rich baritone to lushly arranged ballads for pop crossover hits, died on Monday at the age of 87, a family spokesman and a funeral home said.

“Ray Price, legendary country music artist, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home in Mount Pleasant, Texas,” the Restland Funeral Home, in Dallas, said in a statement.

Price had been battling pancreatic cancer.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Edith Honan)