Country legend Joe Diffie dies at 61 from coronavirus complications

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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday from complications of coronavirus, the singer’s publicist confirmed in a statement obtained by WKRN.

He was 61 years old.

In the statement, Diffie’s publicist said the family is asking for privacy at this time.

On Friday, Diffie revealed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Diffie, a Tulsa native, had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his name and released 13 albums.

He also wrote songs for Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina.

The Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy winner was known for his hits in the ’90s including, “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun” and “Pickup Man.”

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