Willie Nelson, marijuana enthusiast and country music legend, was forced to cancel a recent charity show in Denver on Sunday night after he began suffering from breathing problems, according to TMZ. Organizers for the the fundraiser, which was designed to raise money for the animal shelter Denver Dumb Friends League, told concertgoers about the unfortunate issue after Nelson failed to show up for the gig.
NBC News reports that Nelson was experiencing “breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema” and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He’s expected to make a complete recovery. Naturally, those who gathered in Castle Pines Village to see their hero perform were a little disappointed by the unexpected turn of events.
AEG Live, the company that handles the vast majority of Willie Nelson’s live shows, has not issued a comment on the matter as of this writing.
The country music icon has released over 60 albums during the span of his career beginning with the 1962 offering And Then I Wrote. In addition to writing songs and poetry, Nelson has appeared in over 30 films and television shows. Director Sydney Pollack’s romance The Electric Horseman, which starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, served as Nelson’s big-screen debut.
According to NBC 5, Willie doesn’t plan to hang up his guitar anytime soon.
“I still enjoy coming out and playing music and as long as the people enjoy it and come see us, I see no reason to quit,” he explained.
To illustrate his unending passion for music, Nelson released Heroes on May 15. The album, which contains covers, classics Willie tunes, and new ditties co-written with his son Lukas, is loaded from top to bottom with special guests. On 420 day, Nelson unleashed the single Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, a tune that comes packaged with a guest performance from Snoop Dogg.
Presently, Willie Nelson is scheduled to perform at the House of Blues in Dallas on Tuesday.