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John Prine, American Singer-songwriter, Dies From Coronavirus

John Prine | Image: Rolling Stone

John Prine, one of America’s most influential singer-songwriter, has died from coronavirus complications at the age of 73.

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Prine who was hospitalized last week after developing symptoms of the virus and was placed in intensive care for 13 days, died on Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Prine had been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

Prine was diagnosed of cancer in 2013 learned in his left lung and underwent surgery to remove it. After the surgery, a physical therapist put him through an unusual workout to build stamina: Prine was required to run up and down his house stairs, grab his guitar while still out of breath and sing two songs. Six months later, he was touring again.

Over the course of his career, Prine has won two Grammy Awards out of eleven nominations. He won the Recording Academy’s Hall of Fame Award in 2015 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.

He was also elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019 and became the first songwriter to perform at the Library of Congress in the fall of 2018.

Prine is survived by his third wife Fiona Whelan and their sons Tommy and Jack.

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