John Prine, one of the most respected country-folk artists of all time, passed away on the 7th of April after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. Variety claimed the artist died following the experience of several COVID-19 symptoms.
His Twitter account revealed that Prine died at the age of 73 following his hospitalization just three days prior. At the time of the initial tweet, his representative, via Twitter, claimed he was “intubated” in the hospital where he was receiving critical care.
Following the legendary entertainer’s death, many people in the entertainment industry commemorated his tragic passing, including Seth Meyers, NBC’s late-night host, who said, “sending every positive thought I have left your way.”
Additionally, Bette Midler, who performed one of his classic songs, “Hello in There,” in 1972, also took to her Twitter to shout out to the iconic performer. She said he was a “genius” and had a “huge soul.” Jason Isbell, as well, who worked with Prine on his 2018 record, Tree of Forgiveness, also commemorated the performer.
Earlier this year, Prine was given the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for his contributions to the music scene. Furthermore, even Bob Dylan commemorated Prine following his announcement of him as a fantastic songwriter.
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From Fiona Whelan Prine… Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN. We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren. John contracted Covid-19 and in spite of the incredible skill and care of his medical team at Vanderbilt he could not overcome the damage this virus inflicted on his body. I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity. My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share. In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits: thistlefarms.org roomintheinn.org nashvillerescuemission.org
Earlier today, Bruce Springsteen, who worked with John several times over the last few decades, paid tribute to him on his Twitter account and also on the Sirius XM Radio show, E Street Radio.
As most know, this won’t be the only entertainer to suddenly die amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, Patricia Bosworth, as well, passed away after a coronavirus diagnosis.
Moreover, NBC’s Chairman announced the death of one of their oldest audio technicians, whom he described as a “gentle giant” whom everyone loved working with at the network. Celebrities have been hit by COVID-19, including Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Rachel Matthews, Colton Underwood, and a few others.
The virus has shown no mercy to anyone who can contract it, however, the CDC claims those who have preexisting conditions are the most susceptible and high-risk.