Grammy-Award winning country singer Joe Diffie died Sunday at the age of 61 from the coronavirus, USA Today reports. A rep for the singer confirmed the death, after he'd been hospitalized on Friday.
Diffie scored early '90s hits with songs like "Pickup Man," "Home," and albums like Honky Tonk Attitude, and Third Rock From The Sun. Diffie broke into Nashville first as a songwriter penning hits for artists like Ricky Van Shelton, Alabama and Holly Dunn, before signing a three-record deal with Epic.
He won a Grammy in 1998 for his collaboration with Marty Stuart called "Same Old Train." He was also an influence on many country stars who followed, including Jason Aldean and Chris Young.
Most recently he hosted a mid-day show on a Tulsa radio station starting last year.