Country singer Joe Diffie, 61, dies of coronavirus complications

Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with charts and honky-tonk singles like ‘Home’ and ‘Pickup Man’, passed away after a positive test for COVID-19. He was 61.

Diffie announced on Friday that he had contracted the coronavirus and became the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie’s publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday from complications from the virus.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diffie was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 25 years. His hits included ‘Honky Tonk Attitude’, ‘Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)’, ‘Bigger Than the Beatles’ and ‘If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)’.

His albums “Honkey Tonk Attitude” and “Third Rock From the Sun” from the mid 90’s went platinum. Eighteen of Diffie’s singles made it into the top 10, five of which became No. 1. In his 2013 single “1994”, Jason Aldean checked the name of the 90s country mainstay.

Diffie is survived by his wife, Theresa Crump, and five children from his four marriages.

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