Doc Watson still in critical condition at North Carolina hospital

May 29, 2012

Doc Watson. (Lauren Carroll/AP)

Update: Folklore Productions said Watson’s “condition somewhat deteriorated” Tuesday morning.

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Doc Watson’s medical troubles are sadly persisting.

The legendary bluegrass and folk musician was still in critical condition at a North Carolina hospital as of Monday, according to a online statement from Folklore Productions, the company that represents Watson. The famed flatpicker had a “difficult day” Sunday, according to Folklore, “but seems to have pulled through OK.”

“The family, while understanding and appreciating interest from Doc’s friends and well-wishers, would appreciate privacy during this trying time,” the statement also said.

Watson, whose real name is Arthel, was hospitalized last week after falling at his home, the Associated Press reported. The 89-year-old underwent surgery for an impacted colon.

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