Country superstar Charley Pride dies at 86
African-American country singer Charley Pride, has been pronounced dead following complications from Covid-19.
Charley died yesterday, 12 December in Dallas, Texas at the age of 86.
His death was confirmed by his publicist.
The Mississippi native picked cotton, served in the U.S. Army and played baseball in the Negro league before moving to Nashville, becoming the first Black country star. He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000, Rolling Stone magazine said.
“I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away,” country music star Dolly Parton said on Twitter.
“It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you.”
The last time I spoke to my good friend and legend Charley Pride. We met in ‘92 playing shows together in Australia. His beloved sweetheart Rosie by his side. A gentleman… legend and true trail blazer. With much respect #RIP pic.twitter.com/dewMqcC6Rk
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) December 12, 2020
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