The Time Johnny Cash Said ‘I Expect My Life To End Soon’ And Details Of His Final Live Show
There aren’t most likely many people who haven’t hear of Johnny Cash who had an outstanding music career that spanned over five decades and attached to his deep, calm, bass-baritone voice that carried the dominant themes of his music that are often based on sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption all of which gave Cash his nickname, ‘The Man in Black’ along with his trademark all-black stage wardrobe.
Johnny Cash’s unbelievable success in his music career was endless as he was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. In addition to this, his music genre was amazingly extensive as he embraced country, rock, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel sounds altogether and this resulted in the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
Being the special musician he was, The Man in Black’s passing deeply affected his millions of fans as well as other musicians who looked up to him and were influenced by him for years. Johnny Cash, on the other hand, foresaw his passing only a month before during an interview. Let’s look deeper into those moments along with seeing what a brilliant musician he was even at the age of 71, a few months before leaving this world.
Johnny Cash Expected His Passing One Month Prior To His Death
During an interview on August 20, 2003, which happened to be his last, Johnny Cash opened up about numerous matters such as losing his wife June Carter with whom he had been married for nearly four decades as well as his religion as a troubled but devout Christian.
At some point during the interview, The Man in Black revealed his relationship with God and stated that he never questioned his existence since he always felt God in there as a counselor and wisdom who gave all the good things in his life. In addition to this, Johnny Cash stated that he expected his life to come to an end quite soon mainly due to his age.
During the interview, Johnny Cash said:
“I expect my life to end pretty soon you know I’m 71 years old. I have great faith, I have never been angry with God, I’ve never turned my back on God, so to speak. I never thought God wasn’t there but knew that he’s my counselor, he’s my wisdom. All the good things in my life come from him.”
Unfortunately, the legendary musician was right as Johnny Cash passed away due to complications from diabetes while being hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville on September 12, 2004, at the age of 71, less than four months after his wife. Cash was buried next to her in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Johnny Cash’s Final Live Performance Was Just Incredible
Despite being 71, Johnny Cash performed and continued to record until shortly before his death, especially after losing his wife which caused him to lean on his work in order to avoid his immense pain. The iconic musician’s last live performance was in Hiltons, Virginia, a couple of months before his passing.
The Man in Black performed while sitting and playing his guitar casually with a setlist including legendary tracks such as ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ and many more all of which gave goosebumps to the audience as years couldn’t take the emotion and talent out of Cash after all. Fans agree on this as well as they shared comments under the video stating how emotional it is to watch him after his passing as well as how impressive it is to see that Cash was the same musician that he was decades ago.
A fan commented under the video:
“The dude still plays guitar as if nothing changed“
Another comment follows:
“This was incredibly hard to watch. I cried nearly the whole time.”
You can see Johnny Cash’s last interview and final live performance below.