Grand Ole Opry and future Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Ed Brown lost has his battle with lung cancer.
The 81-year-old died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. on Friday, June 12. Brown revealed he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer late last year. A few months later, after aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment, doctors told Brown that the cancer was in remission.
Just last week, Brown’s daughter revealed that his cancer had returned through a message on the singer’s official Facebook page.
Jim Ed Brown rose to country music stardom alongside his sisters as The Browns. The group released a string of hits in the 1950s. Over the next two decades, Brown found fame as a solo artist with chart-topping singles including the classic “Pop a Top,” which was later rerecorded by Alan Jackson.
Brown became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, and will be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.