After 84-Year-Old Kris Kristofferson Shared Startling News, His Fans Led The Tributes

Kris Kristofferson has been open about his struggles as he grows older. But at the age of 84, the country music legend made his most startling announcement yet. And following the shock news, fans couldn’t help but post tributes to the star online.

Five decades in music

During his 50 years in music, Kristofferson has picked up a lot of fans, too. Over that time, he’s become a mainstay of the country music scene, known for such classic songs as “Me and Bobby McGee.” He’s also appeared in movies – A Star Is Born, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Lone Star among them.

He didn’t slow down

Even with that impressive legacy behind him, Kristofferson continued to work through his late 70s and into his early 80s. He released his latest original album Feeling Mortal at the grand age of 76. And that certainly wasn’t the end. Two years later, he also re-recorded old material for The Cedar Creek Sessions, with that record ultimately winning him a Grammy nomination.

Shocking statement

But while Kristofferson has continued to work for longer than most, he’s been forced to confront his own ailing health. And in January 2021 the musician issued a shocking statement that stunned the many fans he’d acquired over his long and bountiful career.

Texas beginnings

Kristofferson can at least know he’s earned his place in music history. Hailing from Brownsville, Texas, the singer-songwriter grew up in a military family. That meant the clan moved often, but they eventually made a home in San Mateo, California, while Kristofferson was still young.