- US country-folk singer John Prine has died due to the coronavirus
- His family said he passed away on Tuesday in Nashville
- John has won two Grammy Awards in his life, one in 1992 and another in 2006
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Two-time Grammy award-winning US country-folk singer John Prine has passed away at the age of 73.
His family said he died on Tuesday in Nashville due to coronavirus complications.
John's album The Missing Years won a Grammy Award for best contemporary folk recording in 1992 and in 2006 he received a second Grammy in the same category for the album Fair and Square.
The New York Times reports that John grew up in a country music-loving family. As a young teenager, he learned guitar from his grandfather and brother and began writing songs.
After graduating from high school he was drafted into the army. When he came back from West Germany, he started composing songs in his head, according to New York Times.
He then took the stage for the first time at an open-mic night at the Fifth Peg, where his performance of Hello in There and Angel From Montgomery met with profound silence from the audience.
Messages of condolences from the country-folk music fraternity have been pouring in on social media since the news of his passing.
Bonnie Raitt wrote:
"Words can't even come close. I'm crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near."
Rival Sons wrote:
"Anyone who listened thought you sounded like family. Thank you, John Prine."
Robbie Robertson wrote:
"Today we lost John Prine and Hal Wilner. Two geniuses. The world got a little darker today. Blessings to their friends and families."
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