Joe Diffie Dies At 61 From Complications From Coronavirus

Lawrence Kim
March 30, 2020

On Friday, Diffie become the first country star to go public with a coronavirus diagnosis. Diffie wrote a statement on Twitter, revealing he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

An email from Adkins Publicity simply announced Diffie's passing "from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19)", followed by "his family respects their privacy at this time".

His hits included "Honky Tonk Attitude", "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)", "Bigger Than the Beatles" and "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)".

Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years.

This story is developing... Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment.

Coronavirus patients may experience flu like symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath.

The Associated Press reports that public health officials still stress hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds and staying at home when possible as ways to prevent the pandemic's spread and to protect older adults, people with pre-existing health problems and other high-risk populations.

A Grammy and CMA Award-winning artiste, Diffie had reportedly been planning to release his first new album in seven years, I Got This, as per Variety. These shows that are postponed are affecting all of us musicians and our bands, crews, drivers, etc.,' he continued.

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