After a long battle with cancer, legendary country singer Ray Price is being released from the hospital to home hospice care.

The 87-year-old veteran entertainer revealed he was battling pancreatic cancer in November of 2012, and has been hospitalized repeatedly over the course of the last year, first for treatment, and then to combat the after-effects of treatment. He has most recently been hospitalized since Monday, Dec. 2.

But now Price will leave the hospital for what is likely to be the final time. According to KLTV in East Texas, Price plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday (Dec. 12) and return to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

The decision comes after news that his cancer has spread to his liver, intestines and lungs. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have made the decision not to pursue further treatment.

"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," Janie Price says. "With God's blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it's with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It's his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."

Price performed his final concert in May, and has a new album coming out. There are also tribute concerts planned, including one in Nashville on Feb. 12. He had one final message for his fans.

"I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them," he shares. "I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Janie Price says the best way to get a message to the family is via Facebook. Fans can also send cards to the address below.

Ray Price
P.O. Box 1986
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.