Joe Diffie dies from coronavirus

Diffie shared his diagnosis two days earlier

GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie has died following complications from coronavirus (COVID-19). His publicist confirmed Diffie passed away today (Sun, March 29th) at the age of 61.

“GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” his publicist shares. “His family respects their privacy at this time.”

Diffie announced his diagnosis on Friday (March 27th), stating he was under medical care for it after contracting it last week.

“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” Diffie stated. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Jackson Browne, Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and Olivia Lane are among the musicians who have shared their positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Tulsa native is survived by five children and wife Tara. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diffie’s family during this difficult time.

CMA and GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie continues to be celebrated in hit song homages from Jason Aldean (“1994”) to Chris Young (“Raised On Country”), with a reign that includes 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit. As one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the 1990’s, Diffie has also penned hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. A Tulsa native, his chart-dominating iconic songs include: “Home,” “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger Than The Beatles,” “Texas Size Heartache,” “A Night To Remember,” “It’s Always Somethin’” and many more. Recently, he released Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!, his first-ever vinyl LP. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer also celebrated a pinnacle career milestone of more than 25 years as a member of the historic Grand Ole Opry.

The tributes from celebs have been pouring in since this shocking news was released.

Buddy Iahn
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