Tributes are pouring in for American music legend John Prine, who has passed away as a result of coronavirus complications.
Prine, aged 73, passed away following 13 days in intensive care in Nashville.
His wife and manager, Fiona Whelan, is from Ardara. She had also contracted coronavirus and has since recovered.
Born in Chicago, John Prine was one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. He is hailed as a national treasure after five decades in music. He released 19 studio albums in total and was famous for songs such as his 1971 hit “Angel From Montgomery”. He won two Grammy awards from 11 nominations, and was also given a lifetime achievement award at the 2020 ceremony in January.
His close connections to Donegal gave rise to a loyal fanbase in the county.
He is survived by his wife Fiona, their two sons, Jack and Tommy, his a stepson, Jody and three grandchildren.
Among the widespread tributes, Bruce Springsteen wrote: “Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were “New Dylans” together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.”
Bonnie Raitt said she was “crushed by the loss”, writing: “Words can’t even come close. I’m crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near.”
Sheryl Crow said: “My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on.”
A statement from the Recording Academy said: “Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”