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John Prine, singer and songwriter, dies after battle with coronavirus

John Prine, singer and songwriter, dies after battle with coronavirus
Posted at 9:44 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 21:54:56-04

John Prine, a singer and songwriter who won two Grammy Awards among 11 nominations, died on Tuesday due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 73.

Both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine confirmed Prine’s death. The New York Times reported that Prine died at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

Prine’s wife Fiona Whelan Prine, said last Friday that her husband had been on a ventilator for nearly a week at the time.

“He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him.,” Fiona Whelan Prine wrote last Friday. "I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time.”

Prine twice won Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Folk Album, first in 1992 for “The Missing Years,” then in 2006 for “Fair and Square.”

Prine was set to embark on a national tour this spring.

Before his battle with COVID-19, Prine twice was diagnosed and beat cancer.

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