John Prine, a consummate storyteller who rose from the 1970s Chicago folk scene to become one of a generation’s most celebrated and prolific songwriters, died Tuesday at age 73.
Prine died from COVID-19 complications after being hospitalized for the virus nearly two weeks, his family confirmed to The Tennessean.
The songwriter’s songwriter, Prine penned his five-decade legacy with gut-wrenching honesty and a simple, timeless wit that drew comparisons to Mark Twain and praise from Bob Dylan.
Prine’s songbook transcended era and genre, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Music industry reacts
Hundreds responded to the news on social media as the news spread, including musicians, artists, filmmakers and journalists.
Nashville songwriter Jason Isbell tweeted “We love you John.”
Singer Gretchen Peters shared her thoughts on his death, saying “What a gift you were to all of us.
“I am gutted,” Margo Price said in a tweet.
Amanda Shires, singer/songwriter, said her own goodbye.
Musician David Wild said “You will be missed forever.”
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said, “goodbye.”
Taika Waititi, director, shared his emotions, too.
“I am heartbroken,” mussician Ron Sexsmith said.
“We all mourn now,” singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde said.
Stepehn Colbert shared a song of Prine’s as he said goodbye.
Singer and actress Mandy Moore used a broken heart emoji.
Prine was “everything” Timothy Showalter loved about music.
“No one wrote songs about humankind with more grace and wit,” late night host Seth Meyers said.
Prine’s own lyrics were part of Mikel Jollett’s farewell.
“He’s gone,” was all Bette Midler said.
Lukas Nelson and band Promise of the Real shared their condolences with Prine’s family.
Novelist Stephen King remembered Prine’s work.
Prine showed Toby Keith how to “let it rip” in storytelling, the singer said.
Nashville’s nonprofit film center, the Belcourt Theatre lost a longtime supporter and friend in Prine.
Prine touched the hearts of the Grand Ole Opry.
Actor Bradley Whitford thanked Prine in his farewell.
Oliva Wilde, actor, encouraged her followers to listen to their favorite Prine song in his honor.
Sheryl Crow’s heart hurts.
Miranda Lambert thanked Prine for “everything” on Instagram.
The Brothers Osborne hope Prine will “rest easy.”
Roseanne Cash said she was “heartbroken” at the loss.
Bruce Springsteen said he was “crushed” by the loss of Prine.
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