The Grammy-winner country star Joe Diffie, 61, has died due to coronavirus complications. Diffie was the first country star to go public with a coronavirus diagnosis.
“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment. 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, ” he said Friday. He began performing at age 14. He dropped out of medical school and launched his music career with the gospel group Higher Purpose and bluegrass band Special Edition. He began working at the Gibson Guitar Corporation. n 1990, Diffie was signed as a solo artist to Epic Records Nashville by Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and record producer.
The most known of his songs were: "Home,” "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man,” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.” n addition to these singles, Diffie made Billboard’s country charts with songs he co-wrote for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and others. He won a Grammy in 1998. As news of Diffie’s tragic passing broke Sunday, various country stars took to social media to mourn.