Mariah Timms, Nashville Tennessean Published 10:20 p.m. ET April 7, 2020 | Updated 7:25 a.m. ET April 8, 2020CLOSE The legendary country folk songwriter died after being hospitalized for the coronavirus nearly two weeks. USA TODAYJohn Prine, a consummate storyteller who rose from the 1970s Chicago folk scene to become one of a generation’s most celebrated and prolific songwriters, died Tuesday at age 73.Prine died from COVID-19 complications after being hospitalized for the virus nearly two weeks, his family confirmed to The Tennessean. The songwriter’s songwriter, Prine penned his five-decade legacy with gut-wrenching honesty and a simple, timeless wit that drew comparisons to Mark Twain and praise from Bob Dylan. Prine’s songbook transcended era and genre, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In memory: John Prine, the Mark Twain of modern songwriting, dies at age 73Music industry reactsHundreds responded to the news on social media as the news spread, including musicians, artists, filmmakers and journalists. Singer Sheryl Crow tweeted tPrine “is singing with the angels.”My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on. ❤️— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) April


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