Soon after news broke of George Jones’ death, tributes from his fellow country music artists began pouring in over Twitter. The legendary singer died Friday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a week long hospitalization for a fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones was 81-years-old.
“He has been on oxygen for a long while now and his lungs finally just couldn’t do it anymore and they collapsed and he passed away. He couldn’t breathe anymore on his own,” a family member told TMZ.
Among the tributes:
Alan Jackson: “Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music – there’ll never be another.”
Blake Shelton: “Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones...”
Tim McGraw: “Gone ...... George Jones .....man he was country music.”
Carrie Underwood: “You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will. #Legend.”
Brad Paisley: “My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed. To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now.”
Sheryl Crow: "Such a sad day... May you Rest in Peace George Jones."
LeAnn Rimes: "So sad we lost 'the possum' today. R.I.P George Jones and know we didn't stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our hearts."
Jones is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, as well as four children and numerous grandchildren.
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