Celebrity / 07-04-2020

John Prine dead: Singer dies after being hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms

Grammy Award winning Country singer John Prine was hospitalised in a critical condition last week after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus

Country music star John Prine has died days after being hospitalised in a critical condition after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

The Grammy Award winning singer was 73 years old.

A statement was released on his behalf to confirm John had been hospitalised after showing symptoms of Covid-19 on March 17 as his health deteriorated in the days afterwards

He died on Tuesday at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, his management said. The cause of death was complications from the virus, they added.

His family updated fans on Twitter at the time: "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."

John Prine dead: Singer dies after being hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms

Singer-songwriter John Prine has died days after being hospitalised for sudden COVID-19 symptoms

Country music singer Margo Price was among those paying tribute to Prine, who Rolling Stone called "one of America's greatest songwriters".

She tweeted: "It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We'll love you forever John Prine."

Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi said: "RIP John Prine. This sucks."

And actress Rosanna Arquette shared a playlist of Prine's music and wrote: "God bless you John Prine rest in power.

Prine was born in Maywood, Illinois, and learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. After returning from West Germany where he served in the US military, Prine moved to Chicago and began writing songs.

Critical acclaim soon followed and he released his self-titled debut album in 1971.

Over his more than 50-year career, Prine is considered one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, known throughout his more than 50-year-career for lyrics about love and life and for his social commentary.

John Prine has died from complications of coronavirus

Prine had survived cancer twice, most recently diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 which led to a surgical removal of part of his lung.

He had stent surgery in 2019 and this year he postponed dates of his tour to undergo hip surgery.

The much-loves singer was a Grammy Award winner, picking up the statuettes for best contemporary folk album in 1992 and again in 2006.

This year he took home a lifetime achievement award and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.

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07-04-2020 22:15, source: irishmirror, by James Foster
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