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Country Giant George Jones Dies at 81

Country superstar George Jones died on Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 81.

The Country Music Hall of Famer helped define the genre with his evocative voice and heartfelt songs such as “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Numerous members of the country music community expressed their sentiments over his passing.

“There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness,” said Vince Gill. “I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen,” Merle Haggard said in a statement.

Alan Jackson took to Twitter, where he echoed Haggard’s take.

“Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music -there’ll never be another.”

Jones was hospitalized in Nashville on April 18 for a fever and irregular blood pressure, causing him to cancel dates midway through what he had announced as his final tour.

Jones, a Grand Ole Opry member, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and received Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. He also was awarded three Grammys, including a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.

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