Willie Nelson says he cut Utah show short because of altitude

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Willie Nelson was forced to cut short a concert in Salt Lake City after suffering respiratory issues on Sunday.

U.S. country legend Willie Nelson - writer of world-renown songs such as "Always on my mind" and "Crazy" - ended an appearance prematurely due to health problems.

A few hours after the incident, Nelson took to his official website to ease the minds of anxious fans.

"I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight", he wrote.

With parts of Salt Lake City above 4,000 feet, it'd be no surprise that someone at Nelson's age would struggle to acclimate. "I am feeling better now and headed for lower ground".

A bandmate told the crowd that Nelson needed a break after the singer stepped off stage. He has been the target of various online death hoaxes over the years.

Earlier this year he cancelled two performances of Willie Nelson & Family: Vegas on my Mind in Las Vegas after being struck down by a with a "bad cold".

Take care, Willie. You've got a lot of fans insane about you! Fan-shot footage of one of the high-profile collaborations from the night has now emerged, which saw Nelson and Richards performing Haggard's song "Sing Me Back Home".

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