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article imageLegendary country singer George Jones dies in Nashville at 81

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville - A legendary country singer, George Jones, 81, has died, his publicist said in a statement early Friday morning. Jones, a member of the country music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, died April 26 at Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center in Nashville.
Jones had been admitted to hospital on April 18 with irregular blood pressure and a fever. At the time of his taking ill, Jones, who continued touring in his later years, was on a goodbye tour, playing dates for the last time with the intention of retiring to spend more time with his family. It had been announced his final concert would be in Nashville in November.
Since his hospitalization last week there had been internet death hoaxes on Jones, but his publicists had issued statements on their falseness. That's not the case this time.
George Jones: Greatest male country singer
A man regarded by many as the greatest male country singer ever, Waylon Jennings once said of Jones "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." His long list of hits includes Walk Through This World with Me, He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Grand Tour, Bartender Blues, Near You and She Thinks I Still Care,
From Texas, Jones was married four times, including a six-year marriage to singer Tammi Wynette in the 70s. He credits his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado, whom he was with from 1983 until his death, with being the reason he stopped drinking and using drugs. Jones had two daughters and two sons.
Over his career, Jones set a music industry record by having recorded over 160 songs that made it onto the charts. No artist in any genre of music has surpassed George Jones.
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