Singer-songwriter Barry Sadler, who recorded the hit "Ballad of the Green Berets," died Sunday in a Tennessee hospital.
Sadler, 49, had been hospitalized in various facilities since he was critically wounded by gunfire last year while training Contra rebels in Guatemala.
Sadler, who suffered brain damage in the shooting, died at the Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, hospital spokesman Albert Archie said. Cause of death was not disclosed and an autopsy will be performed, he said.
Army Staff Sgt. Sadler recorded "Ballad of the Green Berets," which was the No. 1 song in the country for five weeks in 1966. The song, a narrative tribute to the Special Forces which he claimed to have written in a Mexican brothel, sold 9 million singles and albums. Sadler had not been singing for at least 10 years.