Country singer Joe Diffie dies from complications related to COVID-19

'John Deere Green' singer was 61

Staff Report

NASHVILLE – Country singer Joe Diffie, who topped the charts in the ’90s with a string of No. 1 hits, has died from complications related to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The death was announced Sunday, March 29. Diffie was 61.

“Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” a statement released by his publicist read. “His family respects their privacy at this time.”

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Diffie announced that he had been infected by the coronavirus Friday, saying he was receiving treatment.

“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time,” he said in a statement. “We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Diffie recorded more than 20 Top 10 country hits, five No. 1s:  “Home,” “If the Devil Danced In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.” His 1993 country-music staple “John Deere Green” reached No. 5 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart. He is one of the first entertainers to succumb to complications related to COVID-19.

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It is not known if Diffie suffered from other health conditions.

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