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Mel Tillis’ family opens up about the current health of the much-loved country legend Associated Press
Mel Tillis arrives at the ceremony for the 2013 inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The inductees are Bobby Bare, the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Ever since the news broke that country legend Mel Tillis was experiencing complications from recent surgery, country music fans across the country and around the world have expressed their concern, which is why various updates shared on social media by the Tillis family on Jan. 19 gave us all a sense of relief.

“Hey y’all…sorry I’ve been absent for a little bit,” daughter Pam Tillis posted on her Facebook page. “It’s been a heavy week. Dad is doing fine. He’s recovering and will make it just fine. Thanks for all the prayers and the love.”

Hey y'all…sorry I've been absent for a little bit. It's been a heavy week. Dad is doing fine. He's recovering and will make it just fine. Thanks for all the prayers and the love. #meltillis

Posted by Pam Tillis Official Music Page on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The family released another statement that gave fans more assurance that Mel will get through this minor health setback just fine.

“Mel continues to move in the right direction,” the statement read. “We expect a full recovery. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and well wishes.”

It’s quite a piece of news, considering the fact that various media outlets last week reported that Mel was in critical condition at a hospital in Nashville. At that time, Mel’s rep told Rare Country that the situation was not as serious as once feared.

Through the years, Mel has not only found fame as a solo artist and popular Grand Ole Opry member, but he has also penned songs for Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings and Linda Ronstadt.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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