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John Prine death: US folk and country singer-songwriter dies aged 73 after complications with coronavirus

Folk singer John Prine has died at the age of 73 due to complications from coronavirus.

The singer-songwriter, one of the most influential figures in US folk and country music, had been in a critical condition after contracting Covid-19.

He died on Tuesday at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, his management said. The cause of death was complications from the virus, they added.

Two-time Grammy winner Prine had been in hospital since last month and his wife and manager, Fiona, said on March 17 that she had tested positive for coronavirus after they returned from a European tour.

Country music singer Margo Price was among those to pay tribute to Prine, who Rolling Stone called “one of America’s greatest songwriters”.

She tweeted: “It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We’ll love you forever John Prine.”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi said: “RIP John Prine. This sucks.”

Actress Rosanna Arquette shared a playlist of Prine’s music and wrote: “God bless you John Prine rest in power.”


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