John Prine Has Died From Coronavirus Aged 73

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Legendary country musician, John Prine, has devastatingly passed away today after falling “critically ill” with coronavirus.

Tributes have been pouring in. Keep scrolling for the full story, including the incredible legacy he will leave behind.

Born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois, the star firmly planted his musical roots when he began learning guitar, aged fourteen.

Prine became a prominent figure in the Chicago folk music scene back in the late ’60s.

His work caught the attention of, Kris Kristofferson, who helped him bag a recording contract.

His work gained huge recognition among his fellow performers; the Everly Brothers covered his song “Paradise,” while both Bette Midler and Joan Baez performed renditions of “Hello in There,” according to All Music. 

His 1975 album, Common Sense did, however, reach the charts here in the States.

But, after he released his 1980 album, Storm Windows, Prine was dropped from his label.

With the help of his longtime manager, Al Bunetta, the star formed his own label, Oh Boy Records.

He earnt Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category for his 1986 album, German Afternoons, and went on to win the coveted Grammy 3 years later for his 1991 album, The Missing Years.

The Missing Years proved to be Prine’s biggest commercial success.

The album featured a star-studded line-up of guest appearances including the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Petty, and went on to sell nearly 250,000 copies.

The star made his movie debut in 1992’s Falling from Grace. 

In 1995, his album, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings earned him another Grammy nomination.

Prine fell ill and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma – cancer that formed on the right side of his neck.

A year later, after undergoing treatment, Prine was well enough to complete his album, In Spite of Ourselves.

More recently, in 2016, the star released a follow-up to this album titled For Better, or Worse. This time, the album featured duets from the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, and Susan Tedeschi.

And even got inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.

Prine’s wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, had previously said on 19 March that she had tested positive for coronavirus and that the couple were quarantining separately.

“This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”

The star had been incubated and put on a ventilator.

Stars including Patton Oswalt, Bette Midler, and Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter after the news of his hospitalization surfaced.

“This is breaking my heart it really is. F**k COVID-19 and anyone who takes it lightly,” wrote another user.

The New York Times has reported that the star passed away at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tuesday. He was seventy-three-years-old.  

And many have been sharing their encounters with the star online.

“Every note and word that John Prine ever wrote found it’s way to the sky where they now sparkle amongst the stars. You can feel the light of those songs in even the darkest of nights. It’s one of so many gifts he gave that will last us forever. Eternally grateful.”

And many have been left heartbroken by his tragic death.

“John Prine’s music has been an integral part of my life. Whether his songs made me laugh or cry, his music has been with me through so many moments. There will never be another songwriter with an affinity for words like John. Thank you for every song, singing mailman #JohnPrine.”

“The GQ family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of the great and immortal John Prine. May he rest in peace,” they wrote.

R.I.P John.