Ray Deaton hospitalized

We just received a distressing note from Christy Stocks, daughter of Ray Deaton, a founding member of IIIrd Tyme Out, currently performing with The Anita Fisher Band.

Ray Deaton - photo by Ted Lehmann“My name is Christy and Ray Deaton is my father. I thought his friends and fans would like to know he is very ill in the hospital. He was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy years ago and he is having some major issues with it.

He was admitted in the hospital yesterday (Sunday 5/24) and was told if he hadn’t come he would not have made it much longer. His lungs are full of fluid and he has fluid all around his heart. His heart has deteriorated, however, we are still unsure of the extent. As many of you may already know Cardiomyopathy is a serious heart condition that can only be corrected with a heart transplant. We are in hopes he will not need to have this but we are unsure.

He does not have insurance so I am in hopes he will get the care he needs. Please pray for him in getting through this difficult time.

I will post more information once I know more.”

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