John Prine: ‘His Situation is Critical,’ Says Family After Country Legend Hospitalized with COVID-19 Symptoms


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Country/folk music legend John Prine has been hospitalized since Thursday after showing signs of the coronavirus, and the Prine family issued an update on Sunday regarding his condition.

Per a statement issued on Prine’s social media platforms, he is currently in critical condition after being intubated on Saturday:

After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical.

This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.

(Update: On Monday, Prine’s wife, Fiona, tweeted that she is recovering from the illness and that John has been upgraded to ‘stable’ condition).

Needless to say, nothing but the best wishes of healing and support are extended to John Prine and the John Prine family at this time, in light of the announcement.

Earlier this month, Fiona Whelan Prine, wife and manager of John Prine, announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus and that she and her husband were self-quarantining and isolating from each other in order to stop the spread.

After news of Prine’s condition made the rounds, fellow folk icon Joan Baez dedicated a performance of “Hello In There” to both John and Fiona:

News of John Prine’s situation comes after the tough loss of country music star Joe Diffie on Saturday, who passed away due to complications of COVID-19.

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