John Prine Succumbs to Coronavirus Complications at age 73

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John Prine, Legendary Singer and Songwriter, Dies from Coronavirus at 73

John Prine, a legendary singer-songwriter who was famously known for country and folk music, died on April 7 at the age of 73.

Prine’s family announced March 29 that he was hospitalized for coronavirus. He was intubated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He also suffered from pneumonia that affected his both lungs. His wife, Fiona, had also been diagnosed with the virus, but she later recovered.

Prine was born on October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois, and he was widely known for his mix of humor and seriousness in his songwriting. The icon handled love and his personal life, along with social commentary and his raspy voice was among the most distinctive in folk.

He released his first solo album in 1971, and it entailed signature songs, including Illegal Smile, Sam Stone, Hello in There, and Angel from Montgomery. Prine was nominated for Grammy Best New Artist in 1973.

Prime had survived a battle with cancer in 1998, which interfered with his tongue nerves and changed his voice.