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Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Diffie was scheduled to play at Taste of Duluth on July 24th. Diffie was scheduled to play at Taste of Duluth on July 24th. | 

Updated: March 29, 2020 06:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping, rock-tinged singles such as “Home” and “Pickup Man” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.

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A spokesman for Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis.

Diffie's publicist said the singer died Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, due to complications from the virus. Diffie was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits included “Honky Tonk Attitude" and “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)." 

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