George Jones Dead at 81

It’s a sad day for country music.

Country legend George Jones passed away this morning, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81. The Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Member was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas on September 12, 1931, and is considered one of the most influential legends in the history of country music. His music spans decades, with “He Stopped Loving Her Today” being arguably one of the greatest country songs of all time.

Jones recently embarked on a farewell tour, title the Grand Tour, to celebrate his career. An all-star farewell concert was planned for November 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Jones is survived by Nancy Jones, his wife of 30 years,  his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He’s also survived by an enduring legacy and catalog of country classics. We’re certain that no one will fill those shoes.