Legendary folk artist John Prine has died on Tuesday (April 7) from complications of COVID-19. The two-time Grammy-winning artist was 73.
His publicist confirmed his death on behalf of his family. Prine had been in the hospital for several weeks, and it was announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 17. HIs wife and manager, Fiona Whelan Prine, had been diagnosed with the virus earlier, but she had recovered and was involved in sending out social media updates about her husband's condition, which she acknowledged was critical.
In his last album, Prine had performed a couple of songs that speak of his faith and prophetically about death.
A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine is among the English language's premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.
Following the 2015 death of his friend and business partner Al Bunetta, Prine was President and sole owner of Oh Boy Records. He lived in Nashville, TN with his wife, Fiona, and enjoyed spending time with their three sons, a daughter-in-law and his grandchildren.