Joe Diffie, who was a Grammy-winning country music legend, died of complications from coronavirus at the age of 61.
A spokesman announced that he died Sunday from complications related to coronavirus.
“Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” the statement read simply. “His family respects their privacy at this time.”
Two days before his death, a country star from Tulsa, Oklahoma went public with his coronavirus diagnosis.
He wrote: “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” a statement attributed to him read. “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.”
Diffie, who is in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years., made 13 albums and had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit, including (“Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”). Two of his 13 albums went platinum and another two were certified gold.
In 1998, he collaborated with Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless, and Randy Travis and dozen artists to win Grammy Award for “Same Old Train”.