Country singer Joe Diffie survived Nashville tornado just weeks before his death from coronavirus at 61 – The Sun

COUNTRY singer Joe Diffie survived Tennessee's tragic tornado just weeks before he died of coronavirus on Sunday, March 29.

Earlier this month, Joe revealed on Instagram he and his family were safe after the twister terror that claimed the lives of 24 people and injured dozens more.

He said on his social media: "Thanks to everyone that has reached out to us this morning already.
"We are okay, but please pray for the families who lost a loved one, their home or their business.
"We are thinking of you all this morning. #nashvillestrong"

The music legend died on Sunday at 61 from from the killer virus – only two days after he announced to fans he'd tested positive.

His publicist, Scott Adkins, made the heartbreaking announcement the country crooner passed “from complications of COVID19” in Nashville Sunday afternoon.

The star's management confirmed the death in a press release on Sunday: “Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19)."

The Oklahoma native wrote on Friday: “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus.

“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.”

Joe had five number one singles throughout his career and more than 20 songs to make it to the top 10 of Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the 1990's.

He also won a Grammy in 1999 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his song Same Old Train.

The carnage in Music City marked the most deadly tornado event in the United States since 23 people were killed in Lee County, Alabama a year ago in 2019.

President Donald Trump said at the time: "Our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost.

"We send our love and our prayers of the nation to every family that was affected."

Joe is survived by his wife Theresa Crump and his five kids – sons Tyler, Drew and Parker and daughters Kylie and Kara.
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