Musicians & Others Honor John Prine
Singer-songwriter John Prine died on Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville at age 73 due to complications from the coronavirus COVID-19. Prine’s far-reaching influence and the respect for him can be seen in the many tributes and condolences that have come pouring in following his death.
“John contracted Covid-19 and in spite of the incredible skill and care of his medical team at Vanderbilt he could not overcome the damage this virus inflicted on his body,” his wife Fiona Whelan Prine wrote as part of a message released today. “I sat with John – who was deeply sedated – in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.”
“My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC,” added Fiona. “We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.”
John Prine was a master poet of the highest order who leaves behind a catalog of timeless songs. From the release of his self-titled debut studio album in 1971 through 2018’s The Tree Of Forgiveness, Prine captured the human condition in a way few others have done. The Illinois native influenced multiple generations of musicians and earned the respect and admiration of his peers. Here is a compilation of tributes to the one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter that have come pouring in since the tragic news of his death was confirmed: