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John Prine has sadly lost his battle with the coronavirus. John’s wife Fiona revealed last week that he was in the ICU in “critical” condition due to the virus, and now his family has confirmed that he passed away yesterday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at the age of 73. Prine is known for his prolific songwriting, and is a two-time GRAMMY winner, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of the 2016 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, and this past January was honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the pioneers of the Americana movement, he’s probably best known for such songs as “Angel From Montgomery,” which was made famous by Bonnie Raitt, “Spanish Pipedream,” “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” and more.

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