June Carter had been in a coma and Johnny Cash in a wheelchair but he continued to stay by her side till their deaths in 2003.
The story of the iconic country music couple Johnny Cash and June Carter is probably one of the greatest in music history. The couple had been together for four decades before their passing in 2003, just a few months apart. The couple was introduced by none other than Elvis Presley, according to Southern Living. The two got married in 1968 and inspired many through their music and devotion to each other. In fact, Johnny Cash's letter to his wife on her 65th birthday touched many people's hearts and is said to be the greatest love letter of all time, according to The Daily Mail.
The Walk The Line musician wrote: You're the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much. We got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic] minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.
When she was falling in love, June Carter said, "I realized that oh my Lord! I think I'm falling in love with Johnny Cash, and this is the most painful thing I've ever gone through in my life. It is like I'm in a ring of fire, and I'm never coming out. I'm going down, down to the bottom of this thing. It's going to kill me, because I would never have the nerve to tell him, nor do I want to tell him, nor do I want anybody to even know I've got these feelings." But soon their love blossomed and according to Johnny Cash, it was unconditional. "There's unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it's real with me and her. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She's always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody's gone home and the lights are turned off, it's just me and her."
Despite the turbulent times, Cash never wanted June to walk out the door. The couple stayed strong together through thick and thin. In the later years of their lives, according to Fox News, Cash was growing sicker and ended up in a wheelchair. But Carter who was 73 years old at the time had to undergo heart surgery and there were complications leading her to be in a coma. Grief-stricken 71-year-old Cash went to her every 30 minutes to talk to her, sing songs, and read her Psalms. Hoping it would heal her. "He begged her not to leave him," Steve Turner, who wrote the book, The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend, said in the book. But when doctors said there was no brain activity detected, it was time to say goodbye.
After her death, his condition got worse. He was lonely and frail and missed June terribly. His daughter Cindy Panetta would bring him photographs of June. He even had an artist paint her face on the elevator doors at his office."He missed her so bad," Panetta told Turner. "He sobbed for her daily. He would pick up the phone to talk to her as if she was on the other end." The legendary singer died a few months later at the age 71 of respiratory failure but his love for his wife and their story of perseverance and unconditional love lives on.