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Four-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and his wife, Kristin, have separated after four years of marriage, the couple said.
In a statement e-mailed Friday to the Austin American-Statesman, the Armstrongs, both 31, said they were having unspecified difficulties in their marriage.
"We are working through these sensitive issues in the same way we have met other challenges in our life together with determination and dedication," the statement read. "We may experience a period of time apart from each other as we reflect on our relationship and work to preserve and protect the interests of our family and children."
Armstrong lives in Austin but leaves for Spain on Monday to prepare for the European cycling season. Kristin Armstrong and the couple's three children will stay in Austin.
Country music star George Jones is donating a burial plot next to his own for colleague Johnny PayCheck, who died last week.
"We all know and love each other, even though we don't get together. Anything of this nature, it's taken care of by friends," Jones told WSMV-TV in a Friday interview. Friends said PayCheck died broke.