Once again, hearts all over Nashville are breaking after hearing the tragic news that legendary Nashville singer-songwriter John Prine, 73, died on Tuesday (April 7) from complications of COVID-19. As stars from every era of country music learned the news, they shared their heartbreak on social media.
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This is the only photo I took from the last time I saw John Prine…He is the reason I fell in love with songwriting, the reason I am doing what I am doing, and the reason why I strive every time I sit down to write, to write something special…It is heart breaking that we lost the greatest songwriter to ever put pen to paper today, but Thank you John Prine for your inspiration, your words, and music…Mix up that vodka and ginger ale and light that 9-mile long cigarette Mr. Prine…You will be dearly missed
John, thank you for sharing your gift with so many around the world. I’m especially grateful for the joy you’ve brought to our family. We all love you. Extending our prayers of comfort to yours. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Vj4l4XqfHj
— Lee Ann Womack (@leeannwomack) April 8, 2020
The angel flies home. Rest in blessed peace John Prine.
Love and prayers to all of your family and friends. -KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 8, 2020
I wish I could hear the song John Prine was writing in his head about living on this earth in these strange times.
— Kelleigh Bannen (@kelleighbannen) April 8, 2020
Damnit! This virus is no good! Thanks for all the great songs @JohnPrineMusic you will be missed Hoss
— Kendell Marvel (@kendellmarvel) April 8, 2020
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. @JohnPrineMusic
— Bonnie Raitt (@TheBonnieRaitt) April 8, 2020
My very first concert was at a little club in Chicago. I was visiting my sister, who was in college (I was in junior high), and she took me to see a local folksinger. It was @JohnPrineMusic.
— Gretchen Peters (@gretchenpeters) April 8, 2020
And then I’m gonna drink a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long I’m gonna kiss a pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl Cause this old man is going to town”
“WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN” ~ John Prine pic.twitter.com/4LtRpowz4J
— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) April 8, 2020
Just give me one thing I can hold on to. I'm just heartbroken. #johnprine
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 8, 2020
Well said brother … man I miss everyone https://t.co/wxrNEP9NBj
— Brandi Carlile (@brandicarlile) April 8, 2020
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I love John Prine. Who doesn’t? What a human being he was, and the way he delivered stories. The best. I’ll never forget recording an album at @oceanwaynashville with my buddies @rosscopperman and @shanemcanally. We had an extra slot for a song that day and ironically enough, there is a great photo of John Prine hanging on the wall next to an old Studer reel to reel recorder in the control room. I immediately said… I LOVE John Prine. Let’s record “Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian”… well, we did. It never saw the light of day until now. Love ya John. We all do. Say hey to my grandad up there for me.
Angel from Montgomery was one of the first songs I learned to play on guitar when I was 12. This one hurts. pic.twitter.com/ZGVO4h6Hjg
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 8, 2020
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) April 8, 2020
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) April 8, 2020
— Hailey Whitters (@haileywhitters) April 8, 2020
— Dwight Yoakam (@DwightYoakam) April 8, 2020
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) April 8, 2020
We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of John Prine. His life and music will be celebrated by us as long as we are able .. we send prayers and condolences to his family at this time.. ~ Lukas and POTR pic.twitter.com/nw72SDEjHq
— Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (@lukasnelson) April 8, 2020
Damn… crazy as a loon will always be my favorite. Truly one of the greatest to ever do it. RIP John Prine. What a gift you were to this world!
— Parker McCollum (@ParkerMcCollum) April 8, 2020
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.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) April 8, 2020
All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine … The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless …
— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) April 8, 2020
— MaryChapin Carpenter (@M_CCarpenter) April 8, 2020