Grand Ole Opry icon Jimmy Dickens, who turned 94 on December 19th, was admitted to a Nashville area hospital on Christmas Day. He is currently in critical care with an undisclosed illness.

Dickens’ wife, family, and the Opry are requesting prayers from his friends and fans around the world.

Cards and well wishes can be sent to him at the Opry:

Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

He last performed at the Opry on December 20th as part of his 94th birthday celebration.

Dickens became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

Among his enduring classics are “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “Country Boy,” “Out Behind The Barn,” and “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.”