May 28, 2012. From Bluegrass Today:
“We have learned that the family of Doc Watson has been called to his side at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.
Doc has been hospitalized there for the past few days, undergoing surgery on Thursday evening to repair an impacted colon, which ultimately involved its removal. That surgery had initially been described as successful, but Watson has been in the ICU listed in critical condition since Friday.
We could be seeing the sad end to a very noble life.”
On Folklore Productions website, the managing agency for Doc Watson and his music reported an update on Sunday:
“Doc had a difficult day, but seems to have pulled through OK. His condition is now pretty much where it was when the day began. He remains in critical condition.
The family, while understanding and appreciating interest from Doc’s friends and well-wishers, would appreciate privacy during this trying time.”