Several hours ago, wife Janie Price complained about the rumor on the singer's Facebook page, adding an update to his condition, still quite serious.
"Ray has improved so much we have left ICU and are now in an Acute Care Center. The Sepsis infection has damaged Rays kidneys severly. He has to remain in a Physician Supervised Dialysis Center until the Doctors can determine to what level his kidneys will regain function."
She added that despite his formidable challenges, he's well enough to be less than pleased with the death rumor. I've modified it from all caps.
"Ray said 'your prayers have gotten me through this terrible crisis. Tell who ever is spreading this story to not rush me. The end will come on it's own soon enough!"
That remark is characteristic, coming from the man who accepted his overdue 1996 Country Music Hall of Fame induction with the blunt, totally appropriate, comment, "Thank you. It's about time."
Death rumors for celebrities aren't uncommon. Of course the Internet allows this crap to go viral in no time. It's not likely Price will be onstage again, but the feisty personality remains.