Country-folk singer John Prine has died at the age of 73 after suffering complications from Covid-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone. The American musician passed away on Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
He spent almost two weeks in intensive care, having been admitted on March 25 after developing symptoms of coronavirus, and his family shared the worrying news with his fans on social media at the time. They revealed the star had been intubated and was in a critical condition.
Then on April 3, his wife Fiona Prine provided fans with an update, and revealed her pain at being unable to be by her husband’s side. She wrote: “He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing for me.
“I don’t have the words to adequately thank you all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time.”
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This is John’s 8th day in ICU . He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing for me. As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Saturday. He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world, John has pneumonia in both lungs. He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics. He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him. I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time. On behalf of me and our boys- Jody Jack and Tommy – please know that we are keeping you all in our hearts with a prayer that you stay safe and healthy. Please continue to send Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John. He needs us now more than ever.John loves you and I love you too.🙏🏼❤️💚 Cartoon by Rick Maynard
Prine, who was born in Maywood, Illinois, rose to fame in the 1970s after being discovered by Kris Kristofferson whilst singing at a Chicago club called Fifth Peg, which led to the release of his self-titled debut album in 1971.
Over the years he penned hits including ‘Sam Stone’, ‘Angel From Montgomery’, ‘Hello in There’ and ‘Spanish Pipedream’, and earned the praise of huge names such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bette Midler and Loretta Lynn.
His most recent musical release was in 2018 when he released album ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’, which was his first record of new material in 13 years.