Joe Diffie, the Grammy Award-winning country songwriter, has died from complications due to coronavirus.
Diffie, who created a huge number of Top 10 hits including the likes of ‘If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)’ and ‘Honky Tonk Attitude’, died on Sunday. “It’s with a sad heart I have to post this” a statement from his wife Tara read.
The news comes after a weekend of deterioration for the musician who, on Friday, took to social media to confirm that he was receiving medical treatment after Covid-19. “I am under the care of medical professionals,” he wrote.
“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”
Diffie, who is survived by his wife Tara and their five children, was just 61-years-old when he died.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 29th, more than 723,869 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 34,000 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.