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DENVER Willie Nelson is back on the road again after a health scare that forced him to cancel a weekend gig.

The 79-year-old Nelson was scheduled to perform Saturday at a private home in Castle Pines Village, Colo. The benefit was for an organization that provides animal care and shelter in the Denver area.

The host of the fundraiser, Fred Bartlit, tells The Denver Post that he was informed that Nelson was taken to the hospital after having trouble breathing.

The problems were reportedly caused by altitude sickness.

Elaine Schock, Nelson's publicist, said he wasn't hospitalized and was heading home to Texas where he's scheduled to play in Dallas Tuesday.

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