Hearts are heavy in Nashville with the news of Little Jimmy Dickens‘ passing on Friday (Jan. 2).
The Grand Ole Opry star died at a Nashville-area hospital at age 94 and left behind a world of fans and friends who came to know and love the country singer like family.
Brad Paisley was one of the first to spread the word of Dickens’ death on Twitter, saying
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my hero and friend today. I loved you Jimmy.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) January 3, 2015
He later told his followers, “Make someone laugh today, in honor of @liljimdickens.”
More and more country artists have taken time to post photos and memories of the legendary Dickens.
I know why it's raining in Nashville. Little Jimmy is in heaven now making the Angels laugh so hard, they're crying. We'll miss you, friend!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 3, 2015
Chris Young: “RIP Little Jimmy Dickens… Loved fishing with you, loved your music, and loved you as a person most of all.”
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) January 3, 2015
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) January 3, 2015
Alan Jackson, who posted a photo of himself with Dickens and the late George Jones, wrote:
We know y'all are "pickin & grinnin" in Heaven tonight. RIP Little Jimmy Dickens. pic.twitter.com/6kKHRrQDYt
— Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) January 3, 2015
And in a press release, Dolly Parton talked about her favorite song of Dickens.
“I often perform one of Little Jimmy’s best known songs ‘I’m Little but I’m Loud.’ I’ve always related to him and loved him as a person, as a friend and as an entertainer,” Parton said. “He will always be loved and remembered.”