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.
John Prine was one of the most celebrated country artists of his generation.
After a 2-year tenure in the U.S. Army...
via: Getty ImagesPrine became a prominent figure in the Chicago folk music scene back in the late '60s.
It wasn't long before his hard work began to pay off.
via: Getty ImagesHis work caught the attention of, Kris Kristofferson, who helped him bag a recording contract.
While many of his tracks didn't fare too well on the charts...
via: Getty ImagesHis 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.
via: Getty ImagesBut, after he released his 1980 album, Storm Windows, Prine was dropped from his label.
Instead of letting the blow dampen his spirits...
Under his own direction, his music well and truly took off.
The Missing Years proved to be Prine's biggest commercial success.
Like many singers, Prine wasn't afraid to make the crossover to acting.
But of course, he could never leave music behind.
via: Getty ImagesIn 1995, his album, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings earned him another Grammy nomination.
However, in 1998, while he was working on an album of country music duets...
A year later, after undergoing treatment, Prine was well enough to complete his album, In Spite of Ourselves.
However, last month, the star was hospitalized after suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.
via: Getty ImagesPrine’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.
The news of his devasting hospitalization was announced on his official Twitter page.
An update on John https://t.co/fPQbv0tLyB— John Prine (@John Prine)1585516871.0
After 2 more days in hospital, Prine's condition took a turn for the worst.
Well wishes and tributes quickly flooded in.
Everybody pray for @JohnPrineMusic ♥️ To say he’s special to me is an extreme understatement https://t.co/28nvKonaYs— K A C E Y (@K A C E Y)1585530571.0
Joan Baez even posted a cover as a tribute to Prine and his wife.
Joan Baez sings “Hello in There” for John Prine. https://t.co/c840TB4nhR— Janet Maslin (@Janet Maslin)1585533506.0
And today, it has sadly been announced that the star has passed away.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.
Tributes have been pouring in.
Once, at a John Prine show, during a quiet break in-between songs, people started to shout at him to sing a certain… https://t.co/O4dy86Kcyb— Eric Alper 🎧 (@Eric Alper 🎧)1586311314.0
Fans have been penning their own tributes.
I hope everyone can stop and listen to their favorite John Prine song right now. What an enormous loss. Sending love out there 😔— olivia wilde (@olivia wilde)1586312764.0
He clearly inspired so many.
Rest In Peace John Prine. As a writer, your genius lyrics were an inspiration. I wish you could have been with us l… https://t.co/KnAMeZptua— UGene🐝 (@UGene🐝)1586312751.0
This is such devastating news.
Probably my first jump into music that really mattered. John Prine, your music touched the souls of us all. Thank… https://t.co/4GN8rqZdu4— Patty (@Patty)1586312859.0
GQ also paid tribute to the star.
The GQ family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of the great and immortal John Prine. May he rest in peace. https://t.co/iYYxRA2kGr— GQ Style (@GQ Style)1586313119.0
This is a huge loss for the music world.
💔💔surround me in your boundless love 💔💔 May your words be a message to us all in these difficult days. RIP #JohnPrine @JohnPrineMusic— 🌊 Diane Penna Gorski 🌊 🌊1202021🌊 (@🌊 Diane Penna Gorski 🌊 🌊1202021🌊)1586312958.0