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8 April 2020, 11:49
Tributes have poured in for the musician who passed away yesterday due to COVID-19 complications.
American singer-songwriter John Prine has died at the age of 73 due to coronavirus complications.
The country and folk musician passed away yesterday (April 7) at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Tennessee.
Prine was rushed to hospital on March 26 with symptoms of COVID-19.
His family confirmed the death to media publications in the States.
Tributes have poured in for the ‘Angel From Montgomery’ singer from fellow musicians and fans.
“Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine,” tweeted Bruce Springsteen.
“John and I were ‘New Dylans’ together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world.
“A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.”
Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were "New Dylans" together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2020
So sad to hear of the passing of John Prine. 💔 He was one of greatest songwriters to live. We grew up listening to his music. I always loved his perspective and story telling. Praying for his family and loved ones. 🙏— Cage The Elephant (@CageTheElephant) April 8, 2020
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.— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) April 8, 2020
Words can't even come close.— Bonnie Raitt (@TheBonnieRaitt) April 8, 2020
I'm crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near. @JohnPrineMusic
Prine was an American country and folk singer-songwriter, who was recognised as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.
He started his music career in the early 1970s and was a member of Chicago's folk revival, going on to release his debut album in 1971 titled 'John Prine' – which was a hit with critics.
Throughout his decade-spanning career, Prine received four Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award from The Recording Academy.