Published Mar 29, 2020American country music veteran Joe Diffie has died due to complications from COVID-19. He was 61 years old.
"Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19)," Diffie's representatives said in a statement earlier today. "His family respects their privacy at this time."
The Tulsa-born Grand Ole Opry member was best known for his pop-country hits such as "Home," "Third Rock from the Sun," "John Deere Green," "Pickup Man" and "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)." In 1993, he won the Academy of Country Music Vocal Event of the Year award for his contribution to "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," then in 1998, he won a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his work on "Same Old Train."
Diffie first came forward with his coronavirus diagnosis on Friday (March 27), at the time stating that he was "under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment."
Diffie was scheduled to perform at Ontario's Big Sky Music Festival this summer.
Listen to his classic country hit "Pickup Man" below.