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Singer-songwriter John Prine, 73, dies from coronavirus complications

The onetime mailman told the plain stories of everyday people in folk albums and helped fuel the American roots music revival.
/ Source: NBC News

Singer-songwriter John Prine died from complications related to COVID-19, his family said Tuesday night. He was 73.

The country-folk singer was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville being treated for coronavirus when he passed, his family said.

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Prine performs during at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 15, 2019 in Manchester, Tennessee.Erika Goldring / WireImage

Prine said he was discovered by film critic Roger Ebert in Chicago. The journalist wrote a glowing review of the artist in the Sun-Times newspaper, and his career went from delivering mail to writing lyrics Bob Dylan would call "pure Proustian existentialism."

Prine was particularly admired by his fellow singer-songwriters. Dylan called him one of his favorite songwriters, and Johnny Cash said he listened to Prine's music for his own musical inspiration.

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Prine at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.Rich Fury / Getty Images

He received lifetime achievement recognition from the Grammy Awards this year. In 2015, he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.