Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

scogginsKen Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is hoped he will be moved to a regular floor today.

Scoggins is an avid runner who trains regularly, and was said to be fine following the race, but collapsed later upon returning to his hotel.

Despite this setback, Ken is determined to recuperate in time for his next show with Miller’s Creek on November 1 at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium in Walhalla, SC. It’s a benefit concert for a local children’s Christmas fund to feature both his group and the Hinson Sisters. The show will go on with or without him, though he says he’ll be there.

Children’s charities are a major passion for Scoggins, who serves as a police chief in South Carolina.

Cards and well wishes for Ken can be sent to the band address:

PO Box 3432
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Let’s hope to hear about a complete recovery soon!

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