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Joe Diffie

Country music star Joe Diffie died on Sunday after he contracted COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. He was 61.

Diffie performed at the Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in 1991. He was the Friday night star at that year’s rodeo which also featured Doug Stone, Bruce Carroll, and Jo-el Sonnier along with a special pre-rodeo performance by Beaumont’s Mark Chesnutt.

His death came just two days after he announced on Friday that he had tested positive for Coronavirus and was hospitalized.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he had lived in Nashville since 1986. He had more than two dozen top-10 hits on the country music charts in the 1990’s and he had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1995.

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