Willie Nelson was forced to cut a concert short over the weekend after suffering respiratory issues.

The frightening episode occurred on Sunday, Aug. 13, during the 84-year-old country legend’s gig at the Usana Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City.

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According to “Billboard,” Willie was working through the beginning half of his set list when he felt a sudden need to exit the stage. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital. He later took to Twitter to assure his fans that he was “feeling better.”

In a tweet, posted around 1 a.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 14, Willie blamed the altitude for his breathing troubles. He wrote, “This is Willie I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight. The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground.”

Fellow country star Kacey Musgraves, who has been on the road touring with Willie, also performed at the show. In a Facebook post she wrote to Willie saying, “That elevation was no joke. Happy all is well. ”

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Willie has dealt with a number of health issues in recent months. In fact, he had to cancel a string of concerts in late January and early February due to a “bad cold.” Then, in March, his publicist was forced to correct erroneous reports that the icon was “deathly ill,” saying he was instead “perfectly fine.”

We’re glad to hear that Willie is feeling better, and we’re praying for a speedy recovery!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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