Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and More Remember Joe Diffie

The singer passed away this weekend at the age of 61

March 30, 2020

Just days after announcing he had tested positive for coronavirus, Country star Joe Diffie died at the age of 61 on Sunday. The “Pickup Man” singer left behind five children, his wife Tara, and a decade of influential hits that still reach through time to impact generations of music fans.

After the family of Diffie announced his death, there was an outpouring of tributes from the world of Country music, with artists sharing their memories of the GRAMMY-winning singer.

“Can’t believe the news about Joe Diffie,” wrote Keith Urban. “My heart breaks for your family and friends - and fans. Count me right in there too - you were THE REAL DEAL JOE.”

“Absolutely no words for the loss of Joe Diffie. The music and legacy he leaves behind are legendary,” shared Carrie Underwood. “Prayers for his family and friends.”

Brad Paisley was shook by the news, writing “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend.”

“I can’t find adequate words. But the records he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, and our memories cannot be taken away by this disease. Please celebrate his music today everyone, go listen again to his records.”

Diffie rose to Country stardom during the 1990s, placing 5 songs at number one on the Country chart between 1990 and 1996, including "Home", "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)", and "Third Rock from the Sun." In 1993, Diffie was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The multi-platinum singer was nominated for 2 GRAMMY Awards, including a win in 1999 for Best Country Collaboration for his work on "Same Old Train."

You can see more tributes from Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and more below.

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