Singer turned meat company boss passes away aged 81

Country singer Jimmy Dean, most famous for his hit ‘Big Bad John’, has died.

The singer passed away at home in Virginia aged 81, reports BBC News.

After his success with ‘Big Bad John’, which was released in 1961 – which was covered later by the like sof Johnny Cash and Sammy Davis Jr – the Texan-born Dean started The Jimmy Dean Meat Company in 1969.

He sold the firm to Sarah Lee in 1984, but remained its chairman and TV spokesperson.

Dean was also credited with giving The Muppets their first break, introducing a young Jim Henson to the public through the piano playing dog Rowlf who featured regularly on his 1950s TV show.