A lot of artist have paid tribute to late singer-songwriter John Prine, who died aged 73 of coronavirus.
Prine had been omitted to hospital in Nashville on March 26 suffering from seirous symptoms of COVID-19, according to his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who was also his manager.
Prine’s management confirmed his passing on Tuesday, with the singer being hailed as “one of America’s greatest songwriters,” in tributes from fellow artists.
The Recording Academy shared in a written statement: “We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine.“
“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.”
Country music singer Margo Price was also one of those paying tribute to Prine. She tweeted: “It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We’ll love you forever John Prine.”
Bruce Springsteen, who emerged on the national stage around the same time as Prine, with both garnering comparisons to Bob Dylan, has paid tribute to a “true national treasure”.
He tweeted: “Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were ‘New Dylans’ together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world.”
“A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.”
Country music star Sheryl Crow said Prine’s music would endure. She tweeted: “My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on.”
Ryan Peake, from the band Nickelback, said on the group’s Twitter account: “Sad news about John Prine. Amazing songwriter and musician. It’s a big loss to the music industry. Bill Withers and John Prine in a week. Goddamn it.”
Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi said: “RIP John Prine. This sucks.”
Actress Rosanna Arquette created a playlist of Prine’s music and shared: “God bless you John Prine rest in power.”
Prine was born in Maywood, Illinois, and learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. After returning from West Germany where he served in the US military, Prine moved to Chicago and began writing songs.
He soon got critical acclaim and released his self-titled debut album in 1971.
John Prine is considered one of the most influential American songwriters of his generation, known throughout his more than 50-year-career for lyrics about love and life and for his social commentary.