The country music world was stunned when it was announced Sunday (March 29) that singer Joe Diffie had passed away from coronavirus complications.
His family revealed the news on his Facebook account.
GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time.
Just two days prior, the country singer made a statement revealing that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am under the care of medical professions and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19),” the statement read. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time.”
Once news spread about Diffie’s death, tributes began pouring in from fellow country singers and fans alike.
One of those fans was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is a known country music fan.
“As a huge fan and admirer, I’m really bummed to hear the passing of Joe Diffie due to covid-19,” he wrote on Twitter. “My prayers go out to his family during this tough time.”
He also quoted lyrics from Diffie’s 1990 song “Home.”
As a huge fan and admirer, I’m really bummed to hear the passing of @JoeDiffieOnline due to covid-19. My prayers go out to his family during this tough time.
“..my footsteps carry me away, but in my mind I’m always goin’ home..”
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s widow, Tara, his children, the rest of his family, and friends.