Country folk legend John Prine dead at 73 after battle with COVID-19
FILE PHOTO:{ }John Prine, left, and Pat McLaughlin accept the Song of the Year Award for "Summer's End" at the Americana Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne){ }

UPDATE (4/7/20)

Legendary country folk singer-songwriter John Prine has reportedly died at the age of 73 following a battle with COVID-19.

Prine's family confirmed the Nashville based songwriter died on Monday due to complications related to COVID-19 to Rolling Stone on Tuesday.

Prine's family announced he had been hospitalized last month and was placed in intensive care for 13 days. His wife and manager, Fiona, announced she had tested positive for coronavirus after they had returned from a European tour.

Prine is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is best known for his songs "Sam Stone," "Angel from Montgomery" and "In Spite of Ourselves."

“Made from a mold now broken, John Prine was a walking, grinning argument for human beings as a pretty good species," said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "In John's songs, humor and heartache dance together like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. His words and melodies draw chuckles and blood, and tears of sorrow and redemption, all leading to truths widely known but never before articulated. John's mind was a treasure chest, open to us all. We mourn his passing, even as we hold the treasure.” - Country Music Hall of Fame


Legendary country folk singer-songwriter John Prine is in stable condition after being hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms. 

John's wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, shared the news of his condition on Twitter and that she has recovered from the virus.  

"We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family," she tweeted in part. 

John Prine was hospitalized Thursday and intubated Saturday evening, according to a statement. 

"Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you," Fiona Whelan Prine shared.

The GRAMMY-award winner is known for his songs like "Sam Stone," "Angel from Montgomery," and "In Spite of Ourselves." 

FOX 17 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


Legendary country folk singer-songwriter John Prine has been hospitalized and is reported to be in "critical" condition after a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

The Prine family released an official statement regarding his health his official Facebook account Sunday:

"After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues receiving care, but his situation is critical.

"This is hard news for us to share. but so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you."

FOX 17 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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