Country Stars React: George Jones Dead At 81
It’s a sad day for the Country music community.
Country music legend George Jones passed away today, Friday, April 26, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The singer had been hospitalized since April 18 when he was admitted due to fever and irregular blood pressure.
The Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member made a huge impact on many people’s lives, including fans and members of the Country music community. Many Country artists have taken to Twitter today to express their sadness about Jones’ death and share their condolences to Jones’ wife and family.
See what they had to say below:
The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived. twitter.com/merlehaggard/s…
— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 26, 2013
George was an all time great in country music and it won’t be the same without him. — ALABAMA (@TheAlabamaBand) April 26, 2013
Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music – there’ll never be another. — Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) April 26, 2013
My friend,the greatest singer of all time,has passed.To those who knew him,our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 26, 2013
So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans.
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) April 26, 2013
George. You will be deeply missed.Thanks for the beautiful memories. — Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) 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
RT @hillaryscottla: Saddened by the passing of George Jones Sending prayers up for his wife and family Country Music will never be the same.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) April 26, 2013
“There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness.I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”
— Vince Gill (@VGcom) April 26, 2013
George Jones was my friend, and I loved him. Trace Adkins — TraceAdkins (@TraceAdkins) April 26, 2013
So sad to hear abt the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten. — Jason_Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) April 26, 2013
There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones
— Little Big Town (@LBTmusic) April 26, 2013
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 26, 2013
What a sad day for country music. George Jones was one of my heroes. — Easton Corbin (@eastoncorbin) 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
We lost a great man today,, but his Music and his Spirit will live foreverGo get some Rest now George Jones,,, you deserve it
— Neal McCoy (@NealMcCoy) April 26, 2013
RIP George “Possum” Jones — EliYoungBand (@EliYoungBand) April 26, 2013
Gone …… George Jones …..man he was country music
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) April 26, 2013
Country music and the world lost a true legend today… Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed.
— The Band Perry (@thebandperry) April 26, 2013
Sad hearing the news of George Jones. Never met him but I feel like I knew him. We lost a country music hero today. say.ly/lrf5GsZ
— Greg Bates(@gregcbates) April 26, 2013
There will never be another Possum… instagram.com/p/YkmXBXvi9w/
— Tyler Farr (@tylerfarr) April 26, 2013
George Jones was one of the best if not THE best country singers to ever sing it!So sad to lose him! Rest in peace Possum! — Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) April 26, 2013
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
I learned to play guitar by strumming chords to the George Jones Bradley Barns album. RIP Possum, thank you for all that music.
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) April 26, 2013
RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed.
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) April 26, 2013
Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence, Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell also released statements about the loss of a dear friend of theirs:
“Today the world lost one of the greatest country singers, innovators and force of music… But I lost not just a friend and an inspiration, but a man who treated me like a son. A sad day, indeed. Godspeed, George Jones… No one’s gonna fill your shoes.” – Kenny Chesney
“I am so saddened by the news of George Jones’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and I will always treasure the times we had together. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on Country music and inspired us all. I will miss him. God Bless you George.” – Tracy Lawrence
“It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.” – Loretta Lynn
“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say
‘George Jones’. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.” – Barbara Mandrell
See how many other stars are reacting and reminiscing here.
Reps for Jones took to his Twitter today to ask fans to send in pictures and stories they have about the late singer for his wife.
You can share your love, prayers and memories with Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
— George Jones (@gjpossum) April 26, 2013
We’d also like to send our sincerest condolences to the Jones’ family.