Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center from COVID-19 complications, his family confirmed. He was 73.
Prine’s wife Fiona also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in March. Prine was tested as a precaution but his early results returned “indeterminate.” Prine’s condition worsened last weekend, he was intubated and in critical condition.
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Prine’s final studio album, 2018’s The Tree of Forgiveness, was his first album of original material in 13 years. The Tree of Forgiveness marked the iconic singer-songwriter’s highest debut on the Billboard 200 at Number Five.
Prine, who leaves behind a catalogue of 18 studio albums, was an artist of immeasurable influence. Prine received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in January and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year.
Rest in peace, John Prine.