Country singer Pam Tillis has put out a call for prayers for her father, Mel Tillis, as he continues to recover from a recent surgery.

"Dad is not healing as quickly as we would like ...," Pam Tillis writes on Facebook. "We ask for your continued prayers, and we'll update everyone soon ... He's a trooper."

Mel Tillis underwent colon surgery at Nashville’s Centennial Medical Center on Jan. 8. Following the surgery, rumors began circulating that the country icon was in critical condition; however, the reports, which originated with tweets from fellow artists, were greatly exaggerated. At the time, Tillis' publicist said that he was “on the road to recovery ... doing fine and on the right track."

In response to Pam Tillis' Facebook post, Mel Tillis' publicist tells Country Rebel simply that the singer has been in the hospital since his surgery.

Mel Tillis rose to fame in the 1970s and was inducted into both the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The 83-year-old has been touring regularly recently; he was scheduled to be part of the week-long Country Music Cruise earlier this month, but was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Bare due to his surgery.

In 2014, Tillis underwent emergency heart surgery.

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