Joe Diffie, 61, Dies Following Coronavirus Diagnosis

Joe Diffie; Photo by Crystal K. Martel
Joe Diffie; Photo by Crystal K. Martel
Joe Diffie; Photo by Crystal K. Martel

Grammy-winning country star and Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie died on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from complications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

His publicist confirmed the unfortunate news on Sunday, just days after his diagnosis was revealed to the public.

On Friday, Diffie’s publicist shared that the singer had tested positive for COVID-19 and Diffie released the following statement: “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment. 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.”

His family is asking for privacy during this difficult time.

Joe Diffie was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry and was best known for songs such as “John Deere Green,” “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” His songs are often covered by rising country artists and his name is often dropped in songs by some of today’s top stars, including Chris Young in “Raised On Country” and Jason Aldean in “1994.”

Throughout his career, Diffie released 13 albums and earned over 20 Top 10 hits at country radio. Diffie was a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 25 years.

Diffie is survived by his five children and wife, Tara.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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