John Prine, country folk singer-songwriter, has passed away at 73 after suffering complications from COVID-19.

CNN quoted Prine’s publicist as saying that the Grammy-winning singer died of complications from the killer virus on Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

“Yes, we can confirm on behalf of the Prine family — John died today at Vanderbilt due to complications of COVID-19,” the deceased’s publicist said.

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine,” the Recording Academy wrote on Twitter.

“Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”

His death comes days after the singer’s family had taken to his Twitter page to lament his worsening health since he contracted the killer virus.

“After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalised on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical,” the statement had read.

“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.”

Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine started his music career at the age of 14 when he first learnt how to play a guitar.

He rode to limelight with his brand of country and folk tunes which is popular among his fans.

His death further stretches the list of celebrities who have died of the novel disease since it broke out in Wuhan, China last year.

TheCable Lifestyle had earlier chronicled several celebrities who passed away due to COVID-19.



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