Willie Nelson, the renowned country music icon, has faced health challenges in recent years, but he remains resilient. In 2019, he disclosed a diagnosis of emphysema, a lung ailment that affects breathing. Additionally, he encountered back problems and collapsed lungs during his recovery from hip replacement surgery.
Despite these health setbacks, Nelson has no plans to retire from music and attributes his good health to quitting alcohol and cigarettes years ago.
Born in Abbott, Texas, in 1933, Nelson’s early exposure to various musical styles, including gospel, blues, and folk, formed the foundation for his unique sound.
Nelson is not only a musician but also an activist. He co-founded Farm Aid, advocating for farmers’ rights and highlighting issues such as environmental concerns and marijuana legalization.
Although Nelson initially struggled for recognition as a songwriter in Nashville, his career took off when he moved to Austin in the early 1970s. There, he found his distinctive outlaw country sound.