The Tennessean reported that Wagoner’s death was announced by a publicist for the Grand Ole Opry who said he died at 8:25 p.m. at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Wagoner was admitted to the hospital this month for treatment of lung cancer.
He had for years been the front line host of the Grand Ole Opry, inheriting that post from the late Roy Acuff.
His network television show in the 1960s originated from the Channel 4 studios and introduced the world to Dolly Parton.
Wagoner, famous for his fabulous sparkling suits, put out a new album out this year and was featured on the Late Show With David Letterman before his health problems were revealed. He was honored on May 19 of this year for his 50 years as an Opry member.