Grammy award-winning country singer, Joe Diffie, dies from coronavirus

Grammy award-winning country singer, Joe Diffie, dies from coronavirus

- Grammy award-winning singer, Joe Diffie, has died from coronavirus complications

- Diffie passed away on Sunday at 61 years old

- The country singer's fans have flooded social media with tributes to him

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Country singer, Joe Diffie, passed away in Nashville on Sunday.

The star was 61 years old and died from coronavirus complications.

Fans quickly flooded social media with messages of remembrance and condolences as news of his death began to spread.

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One fan wrote, "Tonight my dad come to the table dinner with a speaker and announced that we were having a Joe Diffie tribute."

"This virus has gotten personal."

Fellow country singer, Billie Ray Cyrus, posted an image of himself lighting a candle and wrote, "Lighting a candle in honour of Joe Diffie. Rest in peace, my friend. #CandlesForDiffie"

Diffie is survived by his wife, four sons, three daughters and four grandchildren.

He was married three times before his final marriage to Tara Terpening Diffie.

Diffie was born in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

His father was a driver for country superstar Toby Keith and his mom was a teacher.

The New York Times reported that Diffie was interested in music from a young age and played as part of country, rock, gospel and bluegrass bands.

He began writing his own songs in the 1980s and released albums throughout the 2000s and 2010s.

Last year, he began hosting a radio show on a country station in his birth town of Tulsa.

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