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Joe Diffie, ’90s Country Music Star, Dies of Coronavirus at 61

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Joe Diffie, an icon to many nation followers for his string of No. 1 hits within the 1990s, has died from problems associated to the coronavirus, a spokesperson revealed Sunday afternoon. He was 61.

“Grammy-winning nation music legend Joe Diffie handed away in the present day, Sunday, March 29, from problems of coronavirus (COVID-19),” the assertion learn merely. “His household respects their privateness right now.”

On Friday, Diffie turn into the primary nation star to go public with a coronavirus prognosis. “I’m beneath the care of medical professionals and at present receiving remedy,” an announcement attributed to him learn. “My household and I are asking for privateness right now. We need to remind the general public and all my followers to be vigilant, cautious and cautious throughout this pandemic.”

Diffie, a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years, is a family title to any nation fan who got here of age listening to the format within the 1990s. He had greater than 20 high 10 nation hits, 5 of which went to No. 1 (“House,” “If the Satan Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Solar,” “Pickup Man” and “Larger Than the Beatles”). Two of his 13 albums went platinum and one other two have been licensed gold.

Though Diffie has not had a high 10 hit since 2001, it’s a measure of the love nation followers have for him from the ’90s that nation famous person Jason Aldean recorded what principally quantities to a tribute track to Diffie, “1994,” which he launched in 2012. Aldean’s track (which was co-written by a author who went on to be a famous person in his personal proper, Thomas Rhett) calls out the names of a half-dozen Diffie hits, consists of strains like “1994, Joe Diffie comin’ out my radio” and “Hey Joe, come on and educate us how one can Diffie,” and has encompasses a chant as its refrain: “Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie.”

Diffie had reportedly been planning to launch his first new album in seven years, “I Bought This.”

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