The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, was a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose music innovatively mixed country, rock, blues and gospel influences. He was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. While hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Cash died of complications from diabetes on September 2003, aged 71—less than four months after his wife. It was suggested that Johnny’s health worsened due to a broken heart over June’s death. He was buried next to her in Tennessee.
Immortalized in the biopic ‘Walk the Line,’ Johnny Cash was a music and acting legend. Since his death in 2003, he has continued to bring in income through excellent album sales. He also brought in several millions of dollars in an auction of belongings. He was so admired and respected that later in his career, he covered songs from a modern artist, like Nine Inch Nails, and he pulled it off. His cover of the song Hurt rang with anguish and darkness, and even more notably, with raw authenticity. His sound transcended the generations. Later, after years of drug addiction and skirmishes with the law, he rediscovered his faith and even recorded a spoken word album of the New King James Bible.