Country Artist Joe Diffie, Of "Pickup Man" Fame, Dies From Coronavirus At 61

Country Artist Joe Diffie, Of "Pickup Man" Fame, Dies From Coronavirus At 61

Joe Diffie passed away just two days after informing he was tested positive.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has been claiming lives across the world. Unfortunately, Joe Diffie, the country music singer became a victim of the virus.

According to CNN, the artist who gained popularity and success in the 1990s died of coronavirus on 29 March 2020. The  61-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma released a statement regarding his illness just two days before his death.

He stated, "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," according to Adkins Publicity.


The maker of hits like If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets), Pickup Man, and Honky Tonk Attitude was well-known in the music world with 3 albums and more than 20 Top 10 hits. Diffie also won a Grammy in 1998 for the collaboration, Same Old Train. The star was again nominated in 1993 for the duet, Not Too Much to Ask with Mary Chapin Carpenter.


His death has shocked the music world and many mourned the death of their dear friend. "It’s such a shock and such a loss for country music. Rest In Peace Joe," wrote Charlie Daniels, singer, and songwriter, according to USA Today. He also posted a video of  Diffie's 1993 song, Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die) on Twitter. He wrote, "Diffie didn't write the song, but he made it his own with lyrics that included, 'Just let my headstone be a neon sign / Just let it burn in memory of all of my good times. I'll be the life of the party, even when I'm dead and gone.'"


Popular artist Carrie Underwood shared her heartfelt condolences. "Absolutely no words for the loss of Joe Diffie. The music and legacy he leaves behind are legendary. Prayers for his family and friends," wrote the artist onTwitter.

Brad Paisley, who was a friend of the artist, also took to Twitter and wrote, "I’m devastated by the loss of my friend @JoeDiffieOnline. 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."


Another close friend, Travis Tritt who toured with the legendary singer during the '90s wrote on Twitter, "This comes as a huge shock to all of us in the country music community. We had a lot of great times together, both onstage and offstage." He then posted a picture on Instagram and wrote, "This is one of my favorite photos of Joe Diffie and me onstage together. This photo hangs in my office to this day. #ripjoediffie I will never forget you!"


Many others such as Keith Urban, John Rich, Trace Adkins too shared their love and respect for the deceased artist.