Celebrities and entertainers who have died from the coronavirus

Joe Diffie, a country music singer, died due to complications related to COVID-19.

FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

Joe Diffie died due to complications related to the novel coronavirus.

Associated Press

Joe Diffie, a Grammy-winning country singer, died from complications related to the novel coronavirus on Sunday, his publicist announced in a news release. He was 61.

His publicist previously announced that Diffie had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. 

“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment. My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic,” he said, according to the statement. 

The Oklahoma native released 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 hits during his career and was known for his country ballads including  “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),” and “Honky Tonk Attitude.”

More recently, Diffie has been mentioned in younger country star’s music, including Jason Aldean’s song “1994.” Thomas Rhett and Chris Young have also referenced the artist in their work.

When asked how he felt about being mentioned by other country artists during an interview with All Access, Diffie called it an “honor.”

“It’s super flattering. It really is, but it’s taken me a little while to kind of get used to being in that role. I admit, I always heard songs about people like George Jones or Merle Haggard, and I just didn’t ever feel like I was at that level. But it’s a really big honor, and I’m just kind of happy to roll with it now,” he said. 

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