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Country artist Joe Diffie dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 16:49:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Grammy-winning country music artist Joe Diffie died due to complications of COVID-19, according to Adkins Publicity.

Diffie, 61, told his fans he tested positive for the virus on Friday, March 27. His management company announced his death in a press release Sunday.

The country star was a successful singer/songwriter in the 1990s. His hits included "Pickup Man," "Third Rock From the Sun," "If the Devil Danced," and "Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox If I Die."

Diffie also wrote hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. He has more than 20 top ten hits.

He's recently known for hits ranging from Jason Aldean (“1994”) to Chris Young (“Raised On Country”)