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Bluegrass singer Skaggs confirms recent quadruple bypass heart surgery

Country singer Ricky Skaggs has revealed he recently underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Country singer Ricky Skaggs has revealed he recently underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery.(Russ Carson / 81Crowe)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:21 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs has revealed he underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery last June.

Skaggs told “People” magazine that in early 2020, he was easily winded and felt a new tightness in his chest, according to a news release. He almost delayed being tested, but now, feeling “150%,” he’s thankful he didn’t.

“He (Dr. Sreekumar ‘Kumar’ Subramanian) told me that when he was finished with the bypasses, he literally was holding my heart in his hand, and my heart literally leapt in his hands when the blood started flowing through it again,” Skaggs told “People.” “I just started bawling. It was the most incredible thing I have ever heard in my life.

“Scripture tells us God always knows the thoughts of man,” Skaggs told the magazine. “That was proven to me at that moment, because while I did not speak it from my mouth, I thought about putting the angiogram off for a week. When I thought that thought, it was like I saw the Lord with a jeweler’s eye glass on. He was peering at me but never said a word. But just by His look, I knew He was saying, ‘Absolutely no.’ It put the fear of God in me. He had given me so many grace situations, but He was serious that I needed to take care of this now.”

Skaggs, 66, has been releasing albums as a solo artist since 1980, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as several music halls of fame.

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