I happened to catch some of George's funeral, it was carried live from the Grand Ole Opry on all four major local tv stations, and thought this was about as emotional as someone could get and still perform.
It appears that the Opry has been getting youtube to take down a lot of the videos from the funeral for 'copyright' violations. It's all about the money.
George eventually learned a lot about the country music mafia that he got entangled with. According to him, cocaine and murder were two of the tools used by the mob to try and control him (tales of corrupt policemen and drug dealers holding him down and shoving cocaine up his nose, the murder of a friend who tried to help him and his manager at the time of his worst drug addition, Shug Baggott, did serve time for possession of 2 1/2 pounds of cocaine). It's a familiar tune that has permeated the entire music industry for a long time.
George was talented, a crazy addict for many years and lucky to have lived to be 81. He was loved by many.
So what has George's tale got to do with anything important. Nothing really. I did find it funny that Laura Bush spoke at the funeral but that her husband George, also an alcoholic and cocaine user, was a no show. It's too bad that today's mainstream country music industry has basically become a cheerleader for all things war and the manufactured myth of patriotism. It's something I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive.