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John Prine dies battling coronavirus aged 73

music news 09/04/2020

Country singer John Prine has passed away after battling against COVID-19 as confirmed by his family via Rolling Stone.

The news of Prine suffering from the virus was first shared via his official Twitter account last week.

His family said, "After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical."

Doctors then shared the good news that Prine was in stable condition the next day.

His wife and manager, Fiona, announced that she had tested positive for the virus after they had returned from a recent visit to Europe on tour.

The country singer/songwriter was heralded by the likes of musicians like Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others. He wrote 'Hello in There', 'Sam Stone' and 'Paradise' when he was still a mailman in Maywood, Illinois. These songs resonated with many people, in particularly film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert saw his performance at a folk club called the Fifth Peg and wrote a glistening review titled 'Singing Mailman Who Delivers a Powerful Message in Few Words'. 

The review launched Prine's music career in an instant, and he released his self-titled debut album in 1971. Bonnie Raitt covered one of his songs, 'Angel From Montgomery', three years later and it brought widespread attention to Prine.

"I didn't expect to do this for a living, being a recording artist," Prine told NPR two years ago. "I was just playing music for the fun of it and writing songs. That was kind of my escape, you know, from the humdrum of the world. And everything happened so fast for me. I became a recording artist before I knew it."