Grammy Award-winning country singer Joe Diffie died at age 61 after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a representative on Sunday.
“Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time,” reads a post on his Facebook page.
Diffe said he tested positive for the CCP virus on Friday, March 27.
“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” Diffie said in a statement at the time. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time.”
Diffie’s statement also urged fans to stop the spread of the virus: “We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.
According to Rolling Stone, he had “five Number One singles in the first half of the Nineties” and “began with his debut release, the deeply moving ‘Home,’ followed by ‘If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),’ ‘Third Rock From the Sun,’ ‘Pickup Man,’ and ‘Bigger Than the Beatles.’”
GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, including fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. However, for some, including older adults and those with preexisting health issues, it can cause pneumonia or even death.
Diffie was reportedly planning to release his first new album in seven years, “I Got This.”
Other details about his death, including where he was hospitalized, are not clear. Diffie is the first country music star to go public with a coronavirus diagnosis.