Singer and songwriter John Prine dies from COVID-19

Singer and songwriter John Prine has died from the new coronavirus. Singer and songwriter John Prine has died from the new coronavirus. |  Photo: FILE

Updated: April 08, 2020 10:59 AM

Singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73 after being diagnosed with the new coronavirus. His family announced his death on Tuesday night. He'd been hospitalized for over a week.


Revered for his wise and witty lyrics, he sang with a proud twang in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other quirky original tunes.

Prine's voice was rough around the edges, particularly after throat cancer disfigured his jaw, but he kept performing for decades. He won admiration and respect from the likes of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, and mentored generations of singers in Nashville.

His characters were common people, facing the simple indignities, absurdities or pleasures of life. 

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