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Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens is battling an undisclosed illness in a Nashville-area hospital, and is in critical care.

An announcement from the Grand Ole Opry states that Dickens, who turned 94 earlier this month, was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day. He last performed at the Opry on December 20 as part of a birthday celebration.

Dickens’ wife, family and the Opry are requesting prayers from friends and fans. Fans may send cards for Dickens to the Grand Ole Opry House at the address listed on its website.

Dickens, known for his humor and diminutive frame, became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

Dickens recorded such hit novelty songs as “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “I’m Little But I’m Loud,” “Country Boy,” and “A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed.”

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