Legendary Country Singer Joe Diffie Died at the Age of 61 Due to Complications of Coronavirus

Joe Diffie passed away at age 61 due to coronavirus
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The music world has lost a great one. Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). In a press release, his family asks for privacy at this time.

Just days ago, Joe announced,  through his publicist, that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” he said in a statement.”My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

When the virus first became prevalent, Joe was one of many artists forced to cancel shows for the safety of himself and his fans. He shared his disappointment with fans in a social media post.

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“I just want to say to all the fans, the show cancellations are not my idea of a good time,” he wrote when the cancellations came in.”Promoters, venues etc are postponing these events, as expected with everything going on. These shows that are postponed are affecting all of us musicians and our bands, crews, drivers, etc. Please pray for all of us and hope we can get America back on track and back to normal. We definitely will miss all of the fans and we plan on rescheduling any shows postponed! Thanks for being the greatest fans ever! Stay well and see you out there soon!!!”

Born in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a musical family, Joe played in his Aunt’s band at the young age of 14, along with his father and mother. He went on to be a part-time musician in a gospel group, Higher Purpose, and  a bluegrass band, Special Edition, while working in the oil fields in Texas. Diffie decided to make a move to Nashville where after writing songs and recording demos, he signed his own record deal with Epic in early 1990.

That’s when his country music career began and in 1990 he released his debut album,  A Thousand Winding Roads. He went on to dominate the charts with songs such as “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger Than The Beatles” and “Texas Size Heartache.”

Joe’s studio albums include A Thousand Winding Roads (1990), Regular Joe (1992), Honky Tonk Attitude (1993), Third Rock from the Sun (1994), Life’s So Funny (1995), Twice Upon a Time (1997), A Night to Remember (1999), In Another World (2001), Tougher Than Nails (2004), Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album (2010), All in the Same Boat (2013)

In addition, Diffie also penned hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. The 61- year-old recently released Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!, his first-ever vinyl LP and celebrated a career milestone of more than 25 years as a member of the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Diffie was married four times and is survived by his current wife Tara and his five children—Parker and Kara from his first marriage, Drew and Tyler from his second marriage and Kylie from his third marriage.

His wife Tara shared the news on Instagram saying, “It’s with a sad heart that i have to post this. Tara.”

Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. RIP

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