John Prine Dead at Age 73 From Coronavirus

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Our condolences go out to the family of singer-songwriter John Prine, who passed away after a battle with the coronavirus on Tuesday, April 7.

The confirmation came from the family via Rolling Stone.

Fiona originally announced in a video on Instagram, that she had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and that John had been tested, but his test had come back indeterminate. They couple was isolating themselves from each other and family in hopes that John would not get the virus. She also when on to ask people to please stay at home.

“I was diagnosed with the coronavirus. I have some of the typical symptoms. I didn’t have a high fever but I certainly had a cough and some breathlessness and just don’t feel great at all to put it mildly. John, however, was also tested and his came back indeterminate. There’s a chance he may not have this virus and we are working really hard and being really diligent about all the protocols. We are quarantined completely, we are isolated from each other, from other members of the family. It’s hard but it’s absolutely important.”

A week after the announcement, the Prine family updated fans on Sunday (March 29) about John’s condition as he was hospitalized with the virus in critical condition.

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“After sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26),” the post from the Prine family read. “He was intubated Saturday eventing, and continues to receive care, but his situation in critical. 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 now that we love you , an John loves you.”

John was born in 1946, in Maywood, Illinois, where he learned to play guitar at the age of 14. He moved to Chicago after serving in the armed forces, where he became a mailman while writing songs. Discovered by Kris Kristofferson, John released his self-titled debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. In 1984 John launched his own independent record label, Oh Boy Records, for which he recorded his subsequent records

He released 24 studio albums throughout his career including Common Sense, Storm Windows, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, For Better, or Worse, The Tree of Forgiveness, Fair& Square and The Missing Years both of which he won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

In 1998, John was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer for which he underwent surgery and radiation treatment. And again in 2013, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent surgery to have it removed.

John is survived by his third wife, Fiona Whelan and their three children, sons Tommy and Jack and stepson Jody Whelan.  Our thoughts go out to John’s family and friends at this tie.


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I played Willie's first Dripping Springs Reunion back in 1973. It was the fourth of July, and I was 27 years old, and what a ball I had … people were thinking about Woodstock and stuff, and it was the first show where it was a bunch of hippies and a bunch of rednecks, and they were all drinking beer and getting along. And it was all because of Willie. It was hot as the devil that day, and that night, I get a phone call. They say, 'Willie's having a party up in his room.' So I go on up to the party. I walk in the door to Willie's suite, and sitting on this one sofa was Waylon (Jennings), Leon Russell, Tom T. Hall, Doug Sahm. I'd give anything to have that sofa today, man, I'll tell you. #repost @anthonymasoncbs ・・・ “I’ve Just Destroyed The World (I’m Living In)”- @John_Prine playing #WillieNelson at the #Americana tribute to Willie at @theTroubadour in #LA last night @willienelsonofficial @americanafest

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