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Tributes flow in for the legendary John Prine

The global music community has united to mourn the loss of legendary singer-songwriter, John Prine. He passed away due to coronavirus complications on Wednesday, at the age of 73.

Gifted with the ability to take the most mundane aspects of daily life and mould them into an emotive assessment of the human condition, Prine had an unyielding influence on modern Americana, country, and folk music, garnering admiration from several of his songwriting peers, including Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.

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The world is feeling the loss of legendary singer-songwriter, John Prine. The prolific and incisive storyteller succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday. He was 73.

Prine’s incisive commentary and natural storytelling ability eventually had him earmarked as the prime successor to Bob Dylan, a comparison that was justified after the release of his debut self-titled album in 1971. The record featured a slew of his most memorable songs, including perhaps his most famous, Sam Stone.

Prine’s debut was eventually enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. Additionally, he was immortalised through the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammy’s ceremony.

Prine had been battling COVID-19 since late March, when a sudden onset of symptoms hospitalised him. His passing has impacted musicians and public figures alike, with many taking to social media to express their commemorations.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver described Prine as his “number 1” influence, both as a musician and as a person. Meanwhile, fellow Americana flag-bearer Bruce Springsteen wrote, “Over here on E street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine … A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages.”