Chris LeDoux Receives Liver Transplant – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
2000 LeDoux Receives Liver Transplant
Chris LeDoux underwent a successful liver transplant, after discovering he has primary sclerosing cholangitis. The transplant would enable him to live another four and a half years.
During his career, LeDoux released 33 singles and 36 albums, many of them self-releases. LeDoux has sold over 10 million albums world wide, including 20 Greatest Hits which was certified platinum and Best of Chris LeDoux and Watcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy, which were both certified Gold. His Only Top 10 single was his collaboration with Garth Brooks, "Watcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy, " which peaked at #7 on the country charts.
In August 2000, LeDoux was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis. Garth Brooks volunteered to donate part of his liver, but it was found to be incompatible. An alternative, compatible donor was located, and LeDoux received the transplant. After his recovery he released two additional albums.
In November 2004, LeDoux was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and underwent radiation treatment for it until his death on March 9, 2005 of complications from the ongoing treatment as well as the disease at a Casper, Wyoming hospital. He was survived by his wife of 33 years, Peggy, and their children Clay, Ned, Will, Beau, and Cindy, as well as his mother, Bonnie.
Shortly after his death, LeDoux was named as one of six former rodeo cowboys to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005. He was the first person to ever be inducted in two categories, for his bareback riding and in the "notables" category for his contributions to the sport through music. He was also awarded the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Pioneer Award" in 2005. Brooks accepted the award on behalf of LeDoux's family.
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