90s country hero and the Grammy award winning Joe Diffie has tragically died overnight from coronavirus complications.
He was just 61.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diffie had run of #1 country hits in the early 1990s including ‘Home,’ ‘If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,’ ‘Third Rock from the Sun,’ ‘Pickup Man’ and ‘Bigger Than the Beatles.’
It was only on Friday that the singer confirmed Friday that he tested positive for the virus and asked for privacy as he received treatment.
“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” Diffie said in his statement last week.
“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time.”
“We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”
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Two of his 13 albums went platinum and another two were certified gold.
“Joe was a friend and touring partner with me in the 90’s,” said Travis Tritt on social media after hearing the news.
“This comes as a huge shock to all of us in the country music community. Deepest condolences to Joe’s family, friends and fans.”
Superstar Jason Aldean recorded what was essentially a tribute song to Diffie, ‘1994,’ (co-written by Thomas Rhett) which he released in 2012.
The singer had been planning to release I Got This, his first new album in seven years before his passing.