ALAN Jackson had opened up about his ongoing health issues before bizarre rumors of his death surfaced last week.
The country music icon, 64, shared a cryptic video on his Facebook page on Friday, saying he’s still “still living that honky-tonk dream, y’all.”
“All the wonderful fans I’ve had around the world. Appreciate everyone,” he was heard telling viewers.
“Radio and all those parts of country music that have been so good for me over the years. I was definitely living the American dream.”
The clip was captured at the 2022 Country Music Association Awards, where it received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
The music legend suffers from Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, a terminal neurological condition, and opened up about it in a 2021 interview with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager.
He said he was diagnosed with the non-fatal disease a decade ago and shared that it had affected his ability to walk.
“It’s genetic, I inherited it from my father… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s becoming more and more obvious,” Jackson told Bush Hager.
“And now I’ve got a bit of a balance problem, even in front of the mic, and that’s why I’m just really uncomfortable.”
Back in October, Jackson postponed a pair of shorts in Pittsburgh and Atlantic City citing health concerns, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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But the musician appeared to end speculation about his well-being in November 2022 following his lively performance at the CMA Awards.
Jackson, who is behind country hits like “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” told fans, “I was really into country music and fell in love with it when I was a young man.”
“I really love the instruments, the steel guitars and the fiddles and things like that that have given me such a unique character and made it my own,” he continued.
“And I love the lyrics and the songs and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies. To me, this is just real American music.”
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, Charcot-Marie Tooth disease is “one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting an estimated 126,000 people in the United States and 2.6 million people worldwide.”
The US Sun has reached out to Jackson for comment on this story.
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