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A Country Music Hall of Famer is hospitalized after falling ill minutes before taking the stage YouTube/Screenshot

The country music world is shaken over the news that a legendary singer has fallen ill.

On Friday, July 15, Ronnie Milsap was supposed to perform at the UGA Tifton Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. But instead, he landed in the hospital due to an unforeseen medical emergency.

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There is no word yet on the exact cause of the illness, or the 73-year-old?s current condition. WALB News reports that the ?Smokey Mountain Rain? singer got sick right before taking the stage following a meet-and-greet with his fans. He was then rushed to the Tift Regional Medical Center by way of ambulance.

A Facebook post created by McAlvin Entertainment states that it?s quite possible for the Country Music Hall of Famer to reschedule his performance. The post reads, ?He will possibly play in Tifton this Sunday. We will let all ticket purchasers know as soon as we have word from Ronnie’s staff. We would appreciate everyone’s support and understanding in during this unfortunate time.?

Prior to Ronnie?s scheduled performance, fellow country stars Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson also played shows at the venue.

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Rare Country will keep you updated on any information that comes our way about this music legend.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Ronnie and his family in hopes that he will make 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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