Ralph Stanley dead at 89

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Ralph Stanley performs with his Clinch Mountain Boys at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on April 28, 2012, in Indio, Calif. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass legend who has been inducted into both the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor and the Grand Ole Opry, has passed away. He was 89.

The Associated Press confirmed Thursday Stanley passed away.

His grandson, Nathan Stanley, posted on his Facebook page and his website:

“My heart is broken into pieces. My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with Skin Cancer. I feel so lost and so alone right now. He was my world, and he was my everything. He was always there for me no matter what. I just cannot get a grip on this. My Papaw was loved by millions of fans from all around the world, and he loved all of you. If he was singing snd on sage, he was happy. That’s why I did so much to make it possible for him to travel in the last two years. Because he wanted to. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to face in my life. The only thing that gives me peace, is knowing he is in paradise and I’ll see my best friend again. I love you papaw with all of my heart. As long as I live and breathe, your legacy will never die. You will forever be in my heart.”