GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie has passed away after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 61 years old when he died today, Sunday (March 29) from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time.
Diffie’s PR team shared the news of his death via a press release, which asks for privacy for his family at this time. Diffie had revealed on Friday (March 27) that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” Diffie said at the time. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time.”
Diffie’s statement also urged fans to do all they can to stop the spread of the virus: “We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic,” the singer added.
(country aircheck) Born Dec. 28, 1958, Diffie moved to Nashville as a demo session singer in the 1980s, was signed to the Nashville division of Epic in 1990 and released his debut album the end of that year. He charted more than 30 singles, including “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die),” “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Bigger Than The Beatles,” “John Deere Green” and “Pickup Man.” Diffie won an ACM Award for his work as part of George Jones’ Vocal Event of the Year, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” and he won a Grammy Award for his 1998 collaboration with Marty Stuart on “Same Old Train.” He was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1993. Last year, Diffie began voicetracking middays for Griffin Classic Country KXBL/Tulsa. He is survived by five children and wife Tara.