George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

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In this Jan. 10, 2007 file photo, George Jones is shown in Nashville, Tenn. Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. — The Associated Press

NASHVILLE — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died.

He was 81.

Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, “Possum” recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Organizations: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Geographic location: NASHVILLE

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  • marjorie legge
    April 27, 2013 - 09:30

    Reallly sad to hear the news of George Jones passing. One of a kind whose music will live on forever! RIP. George!

  • Peggy
    April 26, 2013 - 19:02

    Oh my, this is indeed sad news. I grew up in the George Jones era, and still love his songs.

  • sonnia park
    April 26, 2013 - 12:49

    It is quite a shock. We are so very devasted to lose the real traditional man of country music. we are huge fans of george jones and wife nancy. nancy, we send our dearest deep sympathy.we love you.