John Prine Now In Stable Condition, His Wife Says

After being hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19, singer/songwriter and Grammy winner John Prine, 73, is now in stable condition. His…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 30, 2020


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After being hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19, singer/songwriter and Grammy winner John Prine, 73, is now in stable condition.

His wife and manager, Fiona Whelan Prine, shared the news with fans on Monday (March 30), revealing that his condition has gone from critical to stable. She also shared that she has fully recovered from the coronavirus and thanked everyone for their prayers.

“I have recovered from Covid-19. We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family,” Fiona wrote in a Tweet. “He is stabile. Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you.”

On Sunday, a statement posted to John Prine’s social media accounts revealed that he had been intubated and was in critical condition.

“After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical.” the Prine family shared. “This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”

Many country stars, including Kacey Musgraves and The Highwomen’s Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby, took to social media to ask fans to pray for Prine.

“Come on handsome Johnny. We need you here just a little while longer,” Carlile wrote on Instagram. “You’ve given us all so much and you are so loved. I’m praying for you and Fiona tonight and every day until this is over. ❤️ to say that I love you both doesn’t even begin to tell the story.”

John Prine is regarded as one of the world’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters of all time. Known for a blend of country/folk msic, Prine is a two-time Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement Recipient, a 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient. Throughout his career, his songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and more.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.