Charlie Louvin, half of the country act The Louvin Brothers that influenced generations of musicians, died Wednesday morning from pancreatic cancer. He was 83.
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Louvin died at his home in Bell Buckle, Tenn., his rep said in a statement.
He was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent surgery in the summer, which was not successful. "The surgery did not go as planned. He will begin using alternative methods of treatment, going forward," his son, Sonny Louvin, wrote on his father's website in August.
An active musician since the 1940s, Louvin is best remembered for his work with brother Ira. Their hits include "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby, "When I Stop Dreaming," "Hoping That You're Hoping" and "My Baby's Gone," which influenced such artists as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton.
The brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
They broke up their act in 1963. Ira died two years later at age 41 in a car accident.
Louvin went on to release 19 solo albums, most recently in 2008. He made his final onstage appearance last month.