John Prine Passed Away At 73 After Battle With COVID-19
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We Just Lost A Legend
Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine passed away on April 7, Tuesday, at 73 years old due to complications from COVID-19. It was on March 29 when his family revealed his diagnosis to the public via his official Twitter account. They described his health situation as “critical” and he spent 13 days in the intensive care unit.
On April 2, his wife Fiona updated fans that she remains “hopeful” even if he was still “very ill.”
Prine was born and raised in the Maywood suburb of Chicago. He recorded over a dozen studio albums – the last one was 2018’s “The Tree of Forgiveness.” He’s widely considered as one of the most influential songwriters of his time. Other icons like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash had nothing but high praises for him. Cash wrote on his autobiography: “I don’t listen to music much at the farm, unless I’m going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I’ll put on something by the writers I’ve admired and used for years–Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four…”
Prine’s a two-time Grammy Award-winning musician. In 2019, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He’s survived by his wife Fiona and three sons, Jack, Tommy and Jody.