April 7 (UPI) -- John Prine, the Grammy Award-winning introspective singer-songwriter of "Same Stone" and other folk and country classics, died Tuesday at age 73 due to complications from the coronavirus, his family said.
He was hospitalized on March 26 and was intubated days later in critical condition, his family said in a statement published on Prine's official Facebook page. On Friday, his family said he was suffering from pneumonia and other "peripheral issues" that were being treated with antibiotics and other medications.
"He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him," the Prine family said.
Fiona Prine, John's wife, announced on her Instagram page mid-March that she had tested positive for the virus while her husband's test had come back as "indeterminate," explaining there was a chance that he didn't have the virus.
"We are quarantined and isolated from each other and members of the family," she said. "It's hard, I won't lie, but it's absolutely important."
His coronavirus diagnosis follows decades of medical challenges. In 1997, John Prine was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer in his neck that was removed in January 1998. In 2013, he underwent surgery for lung cancer.
Among many accolades, John Prine was named Americana Music's artist of the year for 2005 and he was awarded the Grammys' 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.
American country singer-songwriter Margo Rae Price said she was "gutted" to hear news of his death.
"It hurts so bad to read the news," she wrote on Twitter. "My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We'll love you forever, John Prine."