Cash spent final days 'getting holy'

Country legend Johnny Cash spent the final months of his life practising bizarre Christian rituals with eccentric music producer Rick Rubin.

Country legend Johnny Cash spent the final months of his life practising bizarre Christian rituals with eccentric music producer Rick Rubin.

The death of Cash's wife June Carter Cash pushed the man in black and the Def Jam Records founder closer together and inspired them to take Holy Communion every day, with Cash acting as the priest and administering the sacrament to Rubin.

Cash reportedly used crackers and grape juice instead of the traditional wine and wafers, Rubin recalls. "Johnny would say: 'Visualise the eating, swallow. Feel it'" Rubin said.

Even after Cash's death last year, the practice didn't cease, Rubin explains: "After he passed away, I continued doing this with him. For between probably four and five months, it felt exactly the same. His presence was much more available. I could get quiet and I could hear him say it."

Rubin produced the crooner's final five albums and is widely credited with reviving his flagging career.

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