John Prine is dead causing coronavirus disease in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, 7 April. Prine was hospitalized on March 26 for symptoms caused by the coronavirus. His condition became critical and he was forced into a ventilator on March 29th.
Prine had been diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s and lung cancer in the early 2010s. He continued to tour until last year.
John Prine began his career in the early 1970s in Chicago. Kris Kristofferson took Prine as his protection and contributed to the creation of the record deal. Prine’s debut album features some of her most acclaimed songs, including Sam Stone , about the drug-addicted war veteran. During his long career, Prine recorded 18 albums.
Bob Dylan has mentioned Prine as one of his favorite songwriters. Even the younger knee of the American songwriting tradition has found Prine to be his own: he has been praised by both Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson.
Prine received recognition for her life’s work at the Grammy Gala in January. He was nominated for the gala 11 times during his career and won twice. Prine was named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. He is the first musician to have performed at the U.S. National Library, the Library of Congress.
John Prine will be missed by his wife, who has recovered from the coronavirus, and Prine’s three sons.