Country music star John Prine has died days after being hospitalised in a critical condition after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
The Grammy Award winning singer was 73 years old.
A statement was released on his behalf to confirm John had been hospitalised on Thursday and intubated on Saturday as his health deteriorated.
His family also updated fans on Twitter : “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.”
Prine’s wife Fiona Whelan Prine said that she had coronavirus on March 19 and the couple had been isolating separately.
Prine had also been tested but the results were ‘indetermnate.’
Fiona told fans: “To many people have reached out to see how we are, and especially how John is, because many of you know that he’s had a lot of different health issues, and he is definitely in that vulnerable population that they’ve been talking about. So far, he’s fine. He’s always got a little something going on…he may not have this virus, and I really want to keep it that way, because this would not be a good virus for him to get.”
Prine had survived cancer twice,s most recently diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 which led to a surgical removal of part of his lung.
He had stent surgery in 2019 and this year he postponed dates of his tour to undergo hip surgery.
The much-loves singer was a Grammy Award winner, picking up the statuettes for best contemporary folk album in 1992 and again in 2006.
This year he took home a lifetime achievement award and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.