Joe Diffie Dies From COVID-19 Complications

By Katrina Nattress

March 29, 2020

Joe Diffie has died from COVID-19 complications. The country legend was 61 years old. On Friday (March 27) Diffie wrote a statement on Instagram, revealing he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

"I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). My family and I are asking for privacy at this time," he wrote, before encouraging fans to do their part to help stop the virus. "We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic."

His wife Tara confirmed the sad news with an Instagram post on his account. "It's with a sad heart that I have to post this" she captioned a photo of her husband.

See the heartbreaking post below.

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It’s with a sad heart that i have to post this. Tara

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Diffie was one of the most iconic voices of the '90s, earning him five No. 1 singles in the first half of the decade: “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man,” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.” All in all, he charted 18 Top 10 singles during his illustrious career. The singer-songwriter also won a Grammy for his work on "Same Old Train" in 1998 and an CMA for "I Don't Need a Rocking Chair" in 1993.

At time of writing, there have been 715,212 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, with 33,585 fatal cases.

To keep up to date on the latest news about the coronavirus and to understand what you need to stay safe and healthy, check out the Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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