His wife Fiona, who tested positive on March 18 and has since recovered, updated fans on the singer's battle with the coronavirus and asked them to pray for him.
"Waking up to this very bad news", he wrote on Twitter. After cutting his chops at open-mic nights hosted by Chicago's Fifth Peg club in the late '60s, and being discovered by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert (who wrote the first review Prine ever received), he became a regular in Chicago's folk-revival scene.
Bette Midler, who famously covered 'Hello in There, ' wrote simply, "He's gone" and "I can't believe it". "Thoughts with @FionaPrine and all the family right now". Heed the words of John Prine, New Yorkers.
The global music community has united to mourn the loss of legendary singer-songwriter, John Prine.
Johnny Cash, in his memoir, named Prine as one of his four key songwriting inspirations.
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"This is hard news for us to share", the family wrote on behalf of the Prine.
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Once he was doing a live performance of "That's the Way the World Goes 'Round", which includes the lyric, "It's a half an inch of water, you think you're gonna drown".
You mightn't think I know anything about these people but I can tell you, The Boss has forced me to listen to them when he's been carting me around in the auto. "Then I'll put on something by the writers I've admired and used for years - Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four".
Prine - who began his career as a musician in Chicago after serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War - beat cancer twice, in 1998 and again in 2013.
Carlile's version of the song - which, despite its recent vintage, has already come to feel like one of the classics in Prine's almost 50-year canon - upholds the tradition of so many worthy singers who've covered Prine, Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen material over the years.