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Folk Singer John Prine Dies at 73 Due to Coronavirus Complications

Revered by artists as prominent as Bob Dylan, the man's reputation clearly preceded him wherever he went. His life's work laid the foundation for future artists and inspired everyday people through the lyrics contained within.

Always in his element when performing for others, Prine proudly holds his instrument.

Sadly, that came to an abrupt end on April 7th, in a year plagued by outrageous misfortune. And it's no coincidence that this came to pass during such a turbulent period of history, as his cause of death was indeed confirmed to be complications caused by Coronavirus.

How many more lives will this pandemic claim before an effective cure is introduced on a global scale? At present, there have been 1.4M confirmed cases across the globe, resulting in 81,00+ deaths. But we must assume that's a conservative estimate when you consider all of the nations with poor network reliability or populations living beneath oppressive regimes which choose to conceal facts from the rest of the world...

Irrespective, Jon Prine's death is a significant loss to the music world, but fans can find solace in knowing that he suffers no longer. In 1998, he underwent cancer surgery to a tumor in his neck which inflicted severe damage to his vocal cords. And later on, in 2013, the folk legend was forced to have one lung removed to treat lung cancer.

An artist relatively unknown in 1970, he quickly gained recognition when Kris Kristofferson heard him perform on-stage at a small Chicago nightclub called 'The Fifth Peg.' Mr. Kristofferson was so impressed by Prine's performance, that he chose to stay for an after-hour session to hear additional material. Kristofferson later detailed the experience, adding "it was nothing like anything I'd heard before."

A few brief weeks had passed before Mr. Prine was in New York, where he was invited to perform on-stage in Greenwich Village, where he was announced to the concert-goers by none other than Carly Simon.

A record executive, Mr. Jerry Wexler was in the audience that day and immediately chose to sign him to Atlantic Records. A contract was drafted up the following day, and I suppose the rest is history.

He later went on to receive critical acclaim and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and before long, received a 2020 Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Although not a personal fan of his work, I have the utmost respect for any artist who can hold the world in the palm of their hand and effect change the way that John Prine did. To those who knew and loved him, he will be sorely missed. Yet in an age of rising death tolls, his tragic story becomes nothing more than another number in an increasing mortality rate.

While we sit back in a forced state of passivity, the word continues to turn and crumble. We can only hope that a cure emerges sooner rather than later.

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