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Country Music Star Joe Diffie Dies At Age 61 From Coronavirus

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By Clark Sparky

County music lost one of its all-time greats on Sunday when Joe Diffie died at age 61 after contracting the coronavirus. His wife Tara announced the news in an Instagram post.

Diffie was best known for his string of country radio hits in the '90s, including "Pickup Man," "Third Rock From the Sun," "John Deere Green," and "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)." He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1993.

On Friday, Diffie released a statement on social media confirmed that he was receiving medical attention after testing positive for COVID-19.

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

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Many in the country music community are mourning Diffie's death, including Carrie Underwood who tweeted, "Absolutely no words for the loss of Joe Diffie. The music and legacy he leaves behind are legendary. Prayers for his family and friends."

Trace Atkins also shared his thoughts on the tragic news, writing, "Oh my God. One of the all-time GREAT vocalists. Joe Diffie was my friend. RIP, buddy."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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