John Prine has died at the age of 73 due to complications from COVID-19. The legendary songwriter passed away on Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
"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," Prine's family said on March 29, as they first shared the news of his health. "Know that we love you, and that John loves you."
Prine’s wife and manager, Fiona, tested positive earlier in March for the virus after returning from Europe. The singer reportedly had a sudden onset of symptoms later in the month, spending a total of 13 days in intensive care.
As news broke on Tuesday of Prine's death, artists around the world shared their tributes across social media.
"We love you John," wrote Jason Isbell.
"My love is with the Prine family. We all mourn now," added Ashley McBryde. "This is devastating. Absolutely devastating. A loss we can’t comprehend."
"We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine," Recording Academy Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement. "Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones."
"It hurts so bad to read the news," shared Margo Price. "I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We’ll love you forever John Prine."
Prine was born in Maywood, IL in 1946 and began to learn playing guitar at the age of 14. An instrumental figure in the Chicago folk revival scene, Prine first gained recognition in 1971 with the release of his self-titled debut record.
His vast influence was felt among songwriters across all genres as Prine had the ability to draw listeners in with his lyrics about current events, love, life, and stories about his past.
His most recent album The Tree of Forgiveness was released in 2018 and featured appearances from Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Brandi Carlile.
Throughout his career, Prine received eleven GRAMMY nominations. His 1991 record The Missing Years and 2005's Fair & Square both won GRAMMYs for Best Contemporary Folk Album. This past January, Prine received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the GRAMMYs where Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to the legendary songwriter by performing "Angel From Montgomery."