John Prine dies from coronavirus complications

RIP to the country and folk music legend.

Legendary country and Americana artist John Prine passed away on April 7 from complications related to COVID-19. He was 73.

Prine’s death was first reported by Rolling Stone, which received confirmation from the songwriter’s family.

Prine’s wife and manager, Fiona Whelan Prine, first shared the news of her own diagnosis on Facebook on March 18. Unfortunately, the singer—a two-time cancer survivor—eventually caught the virus and was warded in intensive care on March 26.


Fans had been following updates on Prine’s health closely, with the last one on April 2, where Fiona shared that “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.”

Prine was a highly revered and adored figure in music by fans and peers alike. Some of his early champions include Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, while many country and Americana artists today such as Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Brandy Clark and Brandi Carlile have all cited him as an inspiration and influence. Rock, country or folk, Prine was a beloved staple.

The Grammy-winning artist’s biggest hits include “In Spite of Ourselves,” “Clay Pigeons,” and “Angel from Montgomery.” Prine’s last full studio record, The Tree of Forgiveness, was released in 2018.


The late singer is survived by Fiona and his three sons, Jody, Tommy and Jack.

RIP, John Prine. Listen to his biggest hits below:

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