Joe Diffie, a Grammy® award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61.
“…Joe Diffie passed away…, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time,” read a post on his Facebook page.
His death came just two days after he had announced that he had tested positive for the virus and was receiving medical care.
Nearly 137,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States and there have been more than 2,400 deaths.
– Joe Logan Diffie –
After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, Joe Logan Diffie signed with Epic Records’ Nashville division in 1990. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one: his debut release “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Pickup Man” (his longest-lasting number-one song, at four weeks) and “Bigger Than the Beatles”.
12 other hits of his also reached the top 10 and ten more others reached the top 40 on the same chart.
Diffie also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Jo Dee Messina, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones, and Marty Stuart.