Joe Diffie Passes Away Due to Complications of Coronavirus

Joe Diffie

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Complications stemming from coronavirus (COVID-19) have tragically claimed the life of country music star Joe Diffie. More here.

Country music star Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29th, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 61-years-old. On Friday, Diffie posted the following message to his fans:

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Sadly, the star didn’t overcome his fight against the devastating virus and his team just sent out this heartbreaking update…

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It’s with a sad heart that i have to post this. Tara

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The CMA and Grammy-winning country artist’s reign includes 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit. As one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the 1990s, Diffie also penned hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. A Tulsa native, his chart-dominating iconic songs include: “Home,” “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger Than The Beatles,” “Texas Size Heartache,” “A Night To Remember,” “It’s Always Somethin’” and many more. Recently, he released Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!, his first-ever vinyl LP. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer also celebrated a pinnacle career milestone of more than 25 years as a member of the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Rest in peace, Joe Diffie. Share this news with other country music fans and take his words about being cautious to heart.

“Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” Lyrics

Well I ain’t afraid of dying it’s the thought of being dead
I want to go on being me once my eulogy’s been read
Don’t spread my ashes out to sea don’t lay me down to rest
You can put my mind at ease if you fill my last request
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Lord I want to go to heaven but I don’t want to go tonight
Fill my boots up with sand put a stiff drink in my hand
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Just let my headstone be a neon sign
Just let it burn in mem’ry of all of my good times
Fix me up with a mannequin just remember I like blondes
I’ll be the life of the party even when I’m dead and gone
Prop me up…
Just make your next selection and while you’re still in line
You can pay your last respects one quarter at a time
Prop me up…
Prop me up…
Oh prop me up beside the jukebox if I die

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