Just two days after it became known that Joe Diffie tested positive for COVID-19, his publicist Scott Adkins confirmed that the country legend has died of complications from the coronavirus. At this point, no further details regarding Diffie’s death were released. The Grammy winner and 25-year-old member of the Grand Ole Opry was 61 years old.
Diffie was the first country star to publicize a coronavirus diagnosis and said in a statement on Friday: “I am under the care of medical professionals and am currently being treated. My family and I are currently requesting privacy. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, careful and careful during this pandemic. “
Joseph Logan Diffie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on December 28, 1958, and appeared in his aunt’s band at the age of 14. After playing around with the idea of becoming a doctor, he dropped out of medical school in the late 1970s and finally started his music career with the gospel group Higher Purpose and the Bluegrass Band Special Edition. After moving to Nashville in 1986, he started working for the Gibson Guitar Corporation and recorded demos of his own songs in his home studio. Some of these compositions were later recorded by country stars like Billy Dean and Alabama. In 1990 Diffie was hired by Epic Records Nashville as a solo artist with Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and record producer known for working with Buddy Holly.
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In addition to these singles, Diffie Billboards made country charts with songs he wrote for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and others. He won a 1998 Grammy for Best Collaboration in the Country for “Same Old Train” (an all-star recording with Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Pam Tillis). Randy Travis, Travis Tritt and Dwight Yoakam); received a Grammy nomination for his Mary Chapin Carpenter duet “Not Too Much to Ask” and won an Academy of Country Music Award with George Jones in 1993 for the vocal event of the year for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin ‘Chair” to whom he was often compared in singing.
While Diffie hadn’t hit the country’s top 10 since 2001, he remained a favorite among younger country artists. Jason Aldean’s single “1994” was partly a tribute to Diffie, with lines like “1994, Joe Diffie comes from my radio” and “Hey Joe, come and teach us how to do Diffie.” Chris Young’s “Raised on Country” was also a tribute to Diffie. When the news of Diffie’s tragic death came to light on Sunday, various country stars used social media to mourn.
I am so sad to learn that Joe Diffie has died due to coronavirus complications. Joe was a good friend and tour partner with me in the 90s. We had many great hours together, both on stage and … https://t.co/qtDXX4oXao
– Travis Kick (@Travistritt) March 29, 2020
I just learned that Joe Diffie passed away.
Sincere condolences to his family
It’s such a shock and loss for country music
Rest in peace Joe
– Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) March 29, 2020
Rest in peace Joe Diffie! They were one of the most famous and distinctive voices on country radio. You will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/gRRpLxhSWD
– Eli Young Band (@EliYoungBand) March 29, 2020
I knew this had to happen near home. It was like that today. I just heard the news of Joe Diffie’s death. I am sick in my mind because I cannot bear the thought of not hearing this voice for a while. He was a dear friend and understood me and my beliefs. Full post on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/WgV52wEMkZ
– Darryl Worley (@darrylworley) March 29, 2020
2020 … damn it. RIP Pickup Man. So sad. We lost Joe Diffie
– Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) March 29, 2020
Joe Diffie Mann … Because of our love for mullet, I felt a special bond with you. Rest, brother
– Morgan Wallen (@MorganWallen) March 29, 2020
RIP to the great Joe Diffie. We have become buds in recent years. It’s always great to meet the people you were a fan of as a kid. That was absolutely the case with JD. Joe died of coronavirus complications pic.twitter.com/uBZ0hw9kYQ
– Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) March 29, 2020
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