Bonnie Brown of The Browns Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Less than four months after her brother, Jim Ed Brown, died of cancer, youngest Brown sibling Bonnie (left in picture) has announced that she is suffering from lung cancer.

Brown was attending the Medallion lunch for The Browns' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, said "I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma right lung cancer. I have recently undergone tests to determine the best type of treatment for this horrible disease. This news came as a shock to our family as we are still mourning the loss of my big brother, Jim Ed.

"I have full faith in my oncologist and the many specialists at CARTI in Little Rock, and I trust in them to determine the best path to my full recovery. I am surrounded by the love and support of my family and I am determined to live many more years."

Adenocarcinoma of the lung normally is found in the peripheral lung tissue and most cases are associated with smoking; however, it is also found in non-smokers. Stage 4 cancer indicates that the disease has spread to other organs in the body.

Brown, 78, joined her older siblings Maxine and Jim Ed to form a trio in 1955. Maxine and Jim Ed had already hit the country charts with Looking Back to See You (1954 / #8 Country) but the addition of Bonnie set off a career of fourteen top twenty country hits, three of which crossed over to the pop top twenty including The Three Bells (1959 / #1 Pop / #1 Country), Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (1959 / #13 Pop / #7 Country), and The Old Lamplighter (1960 / #5 Pop / #20 Country). Bonnie is the only one of the trio who did not go on to record solo after the breakup of the group.

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