Legendary country musician, John Prine, has devastatingly passed away today after falling "critically ill" with coronavirus. Tributes have been pouring in. Keep scrolling for the full story, including the incredible legacy he will leave behind.

John Prine was one of the most celebrated country artists of his generation.

Born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois, the star firmly planted his musical roots when he began learning guitar, aged fourteen.

After a 2-year tenure in the U.S. Army...

Prine became a prominent figure in the Chicago folk music scene back in the late ’60s.

It wasn't long before his hard work began to pay off.

His work caught the attention of, Kris Kristofferson, who helped him bag a recording contract.

While many of his tracks didn't fare too well on the charts...

His work gained huge recognition among his fellow performers; the Everly Brothers covered his song “Paradise,” while both Bette Midler and Joan Baez performed renditions of “Hello in There,” according to All Music. 

His 1975 album, Common Sense did, however, reach the charts here in the States.

But, after he released his 1980 album, Storm Windows, Prine was dropped from his label.

Instead of letting the blow dampen his spirits...

With the help of his longtime manager, Al Bunetta, the star formed his own label, Oh Boy Records.

Under his own direction, his music well and truly took off.

He earnt Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category for his 1986 album, German Afternoons, and went on to win the coveted Grammy 3 years later for his 1991 album, The Missing Years.

The Missing Years proved to be Prine's biggest commercial success.

The album featured a star-studded line-up of guest appearances including the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Petty, and went on to sell nearly 250,000 copies.

Like many singers, Prine wasn't afraid to make the crossover to acting.

The star made his movie debut in 1992’s Falling from Grace. 

But of course, he could never leave music behind.

In 1995, his album, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings earned him another Grammy nomination.

However, in 1998, while he was working on an album of country music duets...

Prine fell ill and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma – cancer that formed on the right side of his neck.

A year later, after undergoing treatment, Prine was well enough to complete his album, In Spite of Ourselves.

More recently, in 2016, the star released a follow-up to this album titled For Better, or Worse. This time, the album featured duets from the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, and Susan Tedeschi.

Prine continued recording music.

And even got inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.

However, last month, the star was hospitalized after suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.

Prine’s wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, had previously said on 19 March that she had tested positive for coronavirus and that the couple were quarantining separately.

The news of his devasting hospitalization was announced on his official Twitter page.

“This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”

After 2 more days in hospital, Prine's condition took a turn for the worst.

The star had been incubated and put on a ventilator.

Well wishes and tributes quickly flooded in.

Stars including Patton Oswalt, Bette Midler, and Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter after the news of his hospitalization surfaced.

Joan Baez even posted a cover as a tribute to Prine and his wife.

“This is breaking my heart it really is. F**k COVID-19 and anyone who takes it lightly,” wrote another user.

And today, it has sadly been announced that the star has passed away.

The New York Times has reported that the star passed away at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tuesday. He was seventy-three-years-old.  

Tributes have been pouring in.

And many have been sharing their encounters with the star online.

Fans have been penning their own tributes.

“Every note and word that John Prine ever wrote found it’s way to the sky where they now sparkle amongst the stars. You can feel the light of those songs in even the darkest of nights. It’s one of so many gifts he gave that will last us forever. Eternally grateful.”

He clearly inspired so many.

And many have been left heartbroken by his tragic death.

This is such devastating news.

“John Prine’s music has been an integral part of my life. Whether his songs made me laugh or cry, his music has been with me through so many moments. There will never be another songwriter with an affinity for words like John. Thank you for every song, singing mailman #JohnPrine.”

GQ also paid tribute to the star.

“The GQ family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of the great and immortal John Prine. May he rest in peace,” they wrote.

This is a huge loss for the music world.

R.I.P John.

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I really hope both you and Humpty Dumpty have great falls this year. You deserve it!

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Wait, I lied there is one thing more wholesome than dads and dogs.

That thing is Steve Irwin, the man we never deserved. I bet he’s in heaven petting stingrays as we speak.

Sharing is caring.

Generosity is about sharing what you have, not about having a lot. Especially if what you have is a cookie.

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But that absolutely does not mean she doesn’t have a favorite. And the favorite is me.

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That’s not what’s important. What’s important is that you know your own worth. You are a good boy.

Hot take: friend matchmaking is the greatest.

Cool people you love meeting other cool people you love? Sign me up!

Especially when you've got buds who will be there for you through anything.

Meet you in hell pal! It’s always better when we’re together!

For aliens, these guys have good insights.

It’s important to have good self-confidence. Leave yourself post-its that say “beacon of joy” just as a reminder.

This guy is truly a beacon of joy.

He was worried about looking intimidating to his patients so he made a little nametag with his face! Talk about a truly good bedside manner.

Animals don't deserve pollution.

But at least there are kind people like these folks who freed this tangled turtle. He looks so excited to swim free!

Things I didn't know until today:

I need a two-legged cat. I need that two-legged cat to love me the way this cat loves this dog.

If you needed some evidence that primates are pretty intelligent...

Check out this buddy’s reaction to a magic trick. His laugh is my everything!

Not everything that makes you smile is wholesome.

Sometimes it’s a mischievous baby who will never be stopped by walls or cribs or containment. This baby is a free spirit.

Oh, you wanted another example wholesomeness?

This little boy is sweet and sour at the same time.

Ok, we promise not to include too many society-related posts.

But this video of grandparents dancing with their granddaughter after leaving isolation is the purest expression of joy we could find on the internet.

Love comes in many forms.

Maybe it’s dancing with a grandchild, maybe it’s a parrot trying to pet you back.

Look at this picture.

Just look at it. This seal should win an award for best beard. He is perfect.

I dare you not to laugh at this.

Parents embarrassing their children is the funniest thing in the world. At me.

My goal in life is to one day be as satisfied as this lizard with an orange.

Look at his tiny tongue! Just look at it!

A man and his dog...

Both dinosaurs. Because dogs must match their people, this is the law of cuteness.

The best part about this video is that it's just a simple scene.

This is the kind of love so many of us crave: just someone to be there with us and share.

Maybe that sharing is food.

Or maybe it’s sharing a really good episode of Sesame Street because you know your dad likes rock and roll.

You've just got to let down your walls.

Or not, because the cutest things will get past any armor.

And see the world with the gratitude of a dog getting dinner.

It truly is the best dinner ever. Yes, it is the same dinner as always, but that means every dinner is the best dinner ever.

And if that doesn't work get aggressive with your love.

I love you and you better love yourself. Or else. No, it’s not a threat, I’ll just keep telling you I love you.

Because negativity?

It’s garbage, and we don’t hold on to garbage here.

This is 100% me.

I apologize to all my friends for constantly harassing them about how great they are. Oh wait, no I don’t because they deserve it.

And let's end with some sweet old married couple thoughts.

Get yourself a partner who just wants to help you out when you’re struggling.
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