Singer-songwriter John Prine, died on Tuesday in Nashville from complications linked with COVID-19.
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John Prine, an insightful composer whose compositions frequently resembled colorful short stories, died on Tuesday in Nashville from complications linked with COVID-19.

His publicist, on behalf of his family, confirmed his passing. The then 73-year-old singer-songwriter was confined at a hospital last week after he fell ill.

A statement his family released, said that Prine was put on a Ventilator on the evening of Saturday.

The day after, Prine's family announced that the singer was in a critical condition. Following this announcement, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, asked the public on Monday to continuously pray for her husband, who was, as earlier mentioned, placed on a ventilator. At the same time, he was treated for symptoms similar to COVID-19.

On Monday, Fiona posted on her Twitter account that she had recovered from COVID-19 and that her husband was already stable. That particular post suggested that the musician's condition had improved, but she explained later that it wasn't the case.

On her tweet, Fiona said she needed to clarify what she meant by "John is stable." Prine's wife elaborated that what she meant by stable was different from improving.

"There is no cure for COVID-19," she said, adding her husband needed love and prayers as do the now more than a million others who are critically affected by the illness worldwide.

Fiona now urges everyone to stay at home and do frequent hand-washing. According to the singer's manager, early last month, Fiona also tested positive for COVID-19 and added, the couple was isolated from each other while on quarantine. She recovered from the illness weeks after.

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Remembering John Prine as a Young Man

Prine worked as a mailman before his full-time music career, and as a young man, he was already writing suggestive songs that seemed to contradict his age. Using a conversational vocal strategy, he swiftly developed a standing as a performer who sympathized with or who had compassion for the characters in his compositions. 

More so, his most loved self-titled debut in 1971 also highlighted, "Hello in There," which was what the music reviewers described as "aching."

It was written from the viewpoint of a lonely old man who wants to be noticed. The equally touching, "Angel from Montgomery" is a narration of a middle-aged woman who has deep remorse over how her life has become - married to a man who happened to be another child who had grown old.

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Even though Prine started to take guitar lessons as early as 1963 at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, he did not consider pursuing music as his career, full-time.

As earlier said, he worked as a mailman. And as he did, he played gigs in the evening on the side. Moving forward, in 1972, Prine won a nomination for Grammy's Best New Artist.

Despite the awards he received, being in the spotlight for this singer did not come naturally. He encountered challenges along the way. Prine, in one of his previous interviews, even admitted he did not expect to make music for a living.

Prine, on March 26, was admitted for confinement at the hospital after he consistently suffered symptoms similar to COVID-19.

He got intubated three days after his admission to the hospital. The singer is survived by Fiona, with whom he had been married since 1996, his three sons, Tommy, Jack and Jody, his brothers Dave and Billy, and three grandsons.

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