The songwriter, John Prine passed away on Tuesday (7 April) at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, his family confirmed to People. He had suffered complications with the Covid-19 virus, that has so far claimed the lives of more than 82,000 people worldwide.
John Prine, the raspy-voiced country-folk singer whose ingenious lyrics to songs by turns poignant, angry and comic made him a favorite of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 73. The cause was complications of the coronavirus, his family said.
Mr. Prine underwent cancer surgery in 1998 to remove a tumor in his neck identified as squamous cell cancer, which had damaged his vocal cords. In 2013, he had part of one lung removed to treat lung cancer.
The Grand Ole Opry wrote on their account: ‘From gracing the Opry House stage for those memorable New Year’s Eve shows to other special Opry appearances including one alongside the StreelDrivers and Bill Murray, John Prine has touched our hearts with his music. We are thinking of his family and friends tonight.’
Music writers at the time were eager to crown a successor to Mr. Dylan, and Mr. Prine, with his nasal, sandpapery voice and literate way with a song, came ready to order. His debut album, called simply “John Prine” and released in 1971, included songs that became his signatures. Some gained wider fame after being recorded by other artists.
Prine hailed from Chicago released his debut album in 1971 after signing to Atlantic Records and went on to release a further 18 albums over the course of his career. The singer won two Grammys and received the lifetime achievement award at this year’s ceremony in February.