The Grammy champion as well as long time Grand Ole Opry member died Sunday from coronavirus complications at 61.

Country music grieved the death of Joe Diffie, the voice behind hits like "Pickup Guy" and also "John Deere Green." The Grammy champion as well as long time Grand Ole Opry member died Sunday from coronavirus complications at 61.

Charlie Daniels paid his respect on Twitter by uploading the video clip of Diffie's 1993 song "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Pass Away)." Diffie really did not write the tune, but he made it his own with verses that included, "Simply let my headstone be a neon indicator/ Simply let it burn in memory of all of my good times." He sang. "I'll be the life of the party, also when I'm dead and also gone."

" It's such a shock as well as such a loss for country music," wrote Daniels beside a photo with Diffie. "Rest In Peace Joe."

Joe Diffie, one of our finest vocalists as well as my friend, is gone," Tanya Tucker said in a declaration. "We are the same age, so it's really frightening. I will miss his voice, his giggling, his songs."

" We are feeling it currently," Toby Keith stated on Twitter. "Oklahoma kid Joe Diffie has died from this virus. My kids grew up around his moms and dads. My prayers will be with his family. A wonderful conventional voice will certainly survive on cuz I'm putting his songs on now. Below's a beer to ya, Joe. Go get your benefit."

Brad Paisley composed on Twitter that he is "devastated by the loss of my friend."

" I can not find ample words," Paisley wrote. "Yet the documents he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, as well as our memories can not be taken away by this disease. Please commemorate his songs today everybody, go pay attention again to his records."

Friend and also '90s touring partner Travis Tritt created on Twitter, "This comes as a significant shock to all of us in the country music neighborhood." John Rich of Big & Rich tweeted that Diffie, "was an artists musician. His music was honky tonk 101 if you intended to be the actual deal in our company. No person ever sang it better, and also no one was ever before more down-to-earth and also taking care of other vocalists.

" We had a lot of blasts together, both onstage and unofficial," Tritt composed on Instagram alongside a picture of the two carrying out. "This is one of my favored images of Joe Diffie and also me onstage with each other. This picture awaits my office to this day. #ripjoediffie I will never forget you!"