Willie Nelson in the Hospital

Willie Nelson was hospitalized in Denver after having trouble breathing before a Saturday night show.
Mon August 20, 2012 6:58 pm
AP Photo | Rick Scuteri

UPDATE: Willie Nelson scared his fans Sunday as news broke that he had been taken to the hospital in Colorado after suffering “breathing problems.” But the singer’s publicist now says he is feeling better and on his way to Dallas, where he is set to perform at the House of Blues Tuesday.

“He’s all good,” Elaine Shock, Nelson’s publicist, told the Dallas Morning News ’s Robert Wilonsky. “He’s feeling so much better.”

Was Willie ever in the hospital? Shock told Wilonsky she was not sure.

The Austin American-Statesman ’s Pete Mongilio reported that Nelson’s three upcoming shows in Dallas, New Orleans, and Austin will proceed as planned.

Original Post:

Willie Nelson was hospitalized in Colorado after having trouble breathing before a Saturday night show.

The crowd gathered at Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ, a fundraiser for a Denver-area humane society, were told that the 79-year-old was “suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema,” Denver’s 9 News reported.

“I was told Willie woke up and had trouble breathing, so he was taken to the hospital,” Fred Bartlit, the Denver trial lawyer hosting the event, told the Denver Post. 

Willie is scheduled to play a show in Dallas at the House of Blues on Tuesday and the Backyard in Bee Cave on Saturday.

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