Mel Tillis is 84 years old, but his time is shortening as we speak. He has been dealing with an intestinal issue for going on a year, but at some points it didn’t look good. Pam, his daughter, spoke about the troubling days when her father could barely standup and was having trouble speaking.
A statement was released by his publicist, “In November, Mel made the trip from Nashville back to his home state of Florida. He is currently at home in Ocala where he is being cared for by nurses as needed and continued physical therapy. His vitals are good and his sense of humor is very much intact. He is trying to get stronger and we are hopeful that will be the case now that he’s back at home. He misses all of his loyal fans and is beyond thankful for all of the well wishes. Your continued thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Then Pam posted to Facebook, “Information hasn’t flowed easily and we’ve been fiercely private about many of the details of his illness. Off stage, we are not particularly suited to the social media era,” she admits, adding, “There were some very tough months with Dad’s illness. Our total focus was paying attention to him and his recovery; press announcements were not a priority.”
Now, Mel is home and is working towards getting better. “There are no foreseeable personal appearances, as of now. He misses his fans as much as they miss him. I miss performing with him very much, particularly at Christmas as I reminisce about all the family Christmas shows we did over the years,” she writes, adding in closing, “Keep him in your prayers. They have worked.” Will you pray for Mel?