One of the world’s greatest and most timeless country legends has passed away. George Jones, best known for his song “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” passed away Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn at the age of 81. He had been hospitalized for a fever and high blood pressure, Fox News reports.
This truly is a sad day for the country world. Over the past 20 years, the country community has credited Jones as the greatest living country singer of all time — and many singers even mention him in their own music. Jones will always be remembered for his hard living ways, stormy relationships, distinctive voice, and for his endless list of hits, which includes “White Lightning,” “Tender Years,” and “We’re Gonna Hold On,” which he recorded with his then wife Tammy Wynette.
After hearing the devastating news, the country community took to Twitter to remember the late legend.
We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away…
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 26, 2013
nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad.
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 26, 2013
Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend.Goodbye George Jones…
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 26, 2013
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.
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) April 26, 2013
Such a sad day… May you Rest in Peace George Jones. @gjpossum
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) April 26, 2013
George Jones passed away this morning. We will miss ya Possum.There will never be another!! Make them angels weep up there GJ.
— Bo Bice (@OfficialBoBice) April 26, 2013
Gone …… George Jones …..man he was country music
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) April 26, 2013
If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!! -KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 26, 2013
George Jones was my friend, and I loved him. Trace Adkins
— TraceAdkins (@TraceAdkins) April 26, 2013
So saddened to hear of George Jones’ passing.He was an idol of mine and a true legend! One of the best voices of a… say.ly/dET5Gsc
— Sara Evans (@saraevansmusic) April 26, 2013
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the story in “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) April 26, 2013
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