Willie Nelson still isn’t dead despite neverending death hoaxes that have continuously popped up on the internet over the past several months. Just last week, a few misleading headlines about Nelson’s health caused rumors to circulate once again. According to Business 2 Community, some rumors published back in 2015 somehow resurfaced, making many wonder if, perhaps, Nelson had actually passed away.
A few days ago, Radar Online joined in on the Nelson chatter, claiming that the country star may be “too ill to perform.”
“Fading country superstar Willie Nelson walked off stage in the middle of a Texas gig with no explanation and didn’t return for nearly 20 minutes — sparking fears for the pot-loving 84-year-old. When the Red Headed Stranger, who has battled emphysema and pneumonia, reemerged, he appeared ‘disoriented,’ say spies,” Radar Online reported. The site went on to report that Nelson was “on death’s door,” this according to an unnamed source.
The truth of the matter is, however, that the country star is alive and well and recently celebrated his 84th birthday. Nelson was actually in the news a few days ago for “advising” Jeff Sessions. According to Rolling Stone, Nelson encouraged Sessions to smoke pot after the Attorney General compared cannabis to heroin, saying it was only “slightly less awful.”
“Jeff Sessions recently said that pot is ‘only slightly less awful’ than heroin. I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth,” Nelson said.
Nelson, who is known for his penchant for getting high, talked to Rolling Stone about his new song, Sessions, and a few other topics. Of note, Nelson was asked about “Willie Nelson for President” bumper stickers that he sells. Evidently, he considered running for president in the past.
“Oh, yeah, which makes me even more glad that I didn’t. I came close a couple times. And then I sobered up,” he said. Nelson was then asked if President Donald Trump made him want to “step in,” but he explained that music is a better solution than arguing. It’s his own way of reaching people and doing his part to keep the peace, so to speak.
“I think you can do more with music than you can with arguments and politics. I think a song will reach more people than any other thing. There’s a reason that it’s called ‘harmony’: When you play a show, there’s an energy exchange with the people that is unimaginable. It’s the reason I go out there. I get something out of it too,” Nelson said.
Despite the ongoing rumors, it is pretty clear that Nelson isn’t going to run for president — and obviously, he isn’t dead. He does have a good sense of humor and he has come to accept the death hoaxes. In fact, he has a song called “Still Not Dead,” which pokes fun at the rumors. It is something that he just wanted to do as a way to let everyone know just how he feels about reading that he is dead.
“I heard these, what do you call them, ‘alternative facts’: I got up two or three times in the past couple of years and read I’d passed away. I just wanted to let ’em know that’s a lot of [horses**t],” he said.
Are you a Willie Nelson fan? What do you think of his advice to Jeff Sessions? Do you like his new song “Still Not Dead”?
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