- The country music fraternity is saddened by the death of singer Joe Diffie
- He died of the coronavirus on Sunday
- The country music industry has flooded social media with tributes following his death
Tributes are pouring in for Grammy-award winning country music star Joe Diffie who died of the coronavirus complications on Sunday.
The '90s hitmaker died at the age of 61.
USA Today reports that Diffie's representative Scott Adkins confirmed his death in a news release.
Joe had reportedly told his fans on Friday that he tested positive for the virus and asked for privacy as he received treatment. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Joe Diffie is famous for songs such as Pickup Man and John Deere Green.
The country music fraternity has mourned his death on social media.
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American country music singer and songwriter Brad Paisley wrote:
"I’m devastated by the loss of my friend @JoeDiffieOnline. I can’t find adequate words. But the records he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, and our memories cannot be taken away by this disease. Please celebrate his music today everyone, go listen again to his records."
John Rich commented:
"The LEGENDARY #JoeDiffie was an artist's artist. His music was honky tonk 101 if you wanted to be the real deal in our business. No one ever sang it better, and no one was ever more down to earth and caring for other singers. We'll miss you Joe."
Trace Adkins wrote:
"Oh my God. One of the all-time GREAT vocalists. Joe Diffie was my friend. RIP, buddy."
Jessie Alexander tweeted:
"The soundtrack of every bonfire, parking lot, tailgate, jukebox, and cassette player back in high school. We’ll miss you, Joe Diffie. A legend gone way too soon. Country music won’t be the same without you Rest In Peace. Sending all of my love to his family & loved ones."
Collin Raye said he was "deeply" saddened by Joe's death.
Briefly.co.za has reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced on Monday that the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa was now at 1 280.
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