Legendary Man in Black dead @ 71


NASHVILLE, TN (September 12, 2003) - - Johnny Cash died about 1 a.m. Friday in a Nashville hospital of complications from diabetes. He'd been ill for several years with a nervous system disorder.  His beloved wife, June Carter Cash, of the family that first commercially recorded country music was buried May 19 following complications from heart surgery.

VNS was there when he made his last pilgrimage to his roots at Carter's Fold in Hiltons, VA on July 5, for an unannounced, surprise concert.  Cash wasn't just an entertainer to those in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee - he was friend and family.  He was loved by all who crowded that mountain side that hot Saturday night to hear his last performance.

See:  Surprise concert for VNS pictures and story.