As George Jones’ passing became a major news story for the national media, country stars continued to tweet condolences, stories and pictures of the legendary singer. Here’s what they wrote:
“God bless the gift George Jones shared with us. That voice will live on forever.” — Miranda Lambert
“It’s a sad day in the country music world … my heart cries over the loss of George Jones.” — Kellie Pickler
“People that know me well know that that smile is not seen very often. His presence, made me smile.” — Trace Adkins
“RIP in George Jones THANK YOU for everything!!” — George Strait
“I can’t believe we’ve lost George Jones. One of the best singers ever, period. Country music will miss you forever … God bless his family.” — Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts
“So sad … We lost an icon today … prayers to his family.” — Chris Young
“Country music wasn’t the same when he came around and now that he’s gone it won’t be again. RIP George Jones.” — Florida Georgia Line
“RIP George Jones. Thank you for everything you’ve given us.” — Uncle Kracker
“George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he’d live forever. Let’s break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family.” — Toby Keith
Keith’s remark about celebrating Jones’ life by listening to his music was echoed in Martina McBride’s Facebook posting.
“The reality and sadness of losing George Jones just kept hitting me in waves all day today,” she wrote. “I was so moved reading everyone’s tweets and tributes. And how great was it to hear George on the radio again?! It made me realize that I hadn’t heard George Jones on the radio once in the past 10 years. That, my friends, is just plain wrong. But that’s a whole other discussion.
“George Jones was and forever is an enduring iconic symbol of country music,” she continued. “He was ours. There is no other voice like his. Few people knew (or know) their way around a country song like him. He just plain knew what he was doing. He was a stylist, but that voice was authentic … never gimmicky. Just full of emotion. You can hear his influence in nearly every country singer since. And his voice and legacy will live on forever. Today was truly the end of an era.”