Kings Of Leon, Tom Morello, Dolly Parton pay tribute to late country legend George Jones
Jones passed away in Nashville at the age of 81 earlier today (April 26)
Texas born Jones was hospitalised last week with a fever and irregular blood pressure, reports Rolling Stone.
Jones rose to fame in the 1950s with his emotive brand of country and western music. He was a key inspiration to the likes of Gram Parsons in the 1960s. In 1969 Jones married fellow country singer Tammy Wynette, divorcing in 1975. Jones is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones.
Nathan Followill, Kings Of Leon's drummer, referred to Jones' nickname, The Possum, and tweeted a tribute to the man famous for such songs as 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' and 'She Thinks I Still Care':
RIP George Jones, you'll be sorely missed. One of the all time greats.#allpossumsgotoheaven— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) April 26, 2013
Meanwhile, Dolly Parton wrote on Facebook: "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and the rest of his family."
Other tributes came from the world of music, including from fellow country great Merle Haggard, who commented:
The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived. twitter.com/merlehaggard/s…— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 26, 2013
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello wrote:
RIP country titan George Jones. Raw honest music.— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 26, 2013
Whilst Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx said:
RIP George Jones. What a huge loss to music.— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) April 26, 2013
Country star Kenny Rogers wrote:
Sad morning losing the great George Jones. He will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. youtube.com/watch?v=CYQViY…— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) April 26, 2013
Nashville based alt.country artist Caitlin Rose said:
So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones, but have to smile thinking about his amazing life and musical legacy. #Legends never die.— Caitlin Rose (@TheCaitlinRose) April 26, 2013