Singer-songwriter John Prine dies of coronavirus at 73

The 73-year-old had recently been checked into Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee
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Longtime singer-songwriter John Prine has died of coronavirus.

“Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come,” the Recording Academy said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”

The 73-year-old had recently been checked into Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, suffering from COVID-19, his family said in late March.

Prine’s wife, Fiona, also tested positive for coronavirus, but has since recovered.

Prine was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards in his career and took home two trophies and he was just announced as a 2020 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He won awards for best contemporary folk album for “The Missing Years” in 1992 and another for “Fair & Square” in 2006.

He earned praise from a litany of legendary singers, including Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, both of whom cited him as one of their favorite artists.

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