The news of the Johnny Cash death didn't really take anyone who knew him closely by surprise. Afterall, it was no secret that
Johnny's health was failing. But it was a day no one wanted to see. Since 1997 he had been suffering from autonomic neuropathy, which was a form of diabetes. He touring schedule tailed off then in 1998 more bad news.
A severe bout with pneumonia badly damaged Johnny's lungs so bad that singing now became extremely difficult. His choice of songs for the American III and IV albums reflect what he was able to sing.
Johnny had hoped to recover enough to throw his wheelchair into the river next to his home, but that of course did not happen.
June told him to keep going and performing, and he did so right up until mid July, but by then it was clear he wasn't going
to be around much longer. Prior to his last public performance Johnny had this to say:
"The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her.
We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight
to give me courage and inspiration like she always has".
Johnny Cash Dies
Johnny Cash died in the early morning hr of 2am on the 12th Sep 2003. Almost 4 months to the day after his wife of 35 years,
June Carter Cash, passed away on the 15th May 2003.
Their only son, John Carter Cash, wrote a book in 2007 about the life and struggles growing up in the Cash home. He talks
about it here in the left side video clip. This other clip was at a family event in Virginia in July of 2003 just prior to
the Johnny Cash death in Sep 2003.
A Close Friend Shares Memories On The Death Of Johnny Cash
Henry Vaccaro was a close friend of Johnny and June Cash since 1973 right up until both of their deaths. In this video he shars some of his
fondest memories of the man in black.
The Gravesite Of Johnny Cash
This was video footage shot by some folks who has visited Johnny and June's gravesite. A sad chapter in the story of the
Johnny Cash Biography.