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George Jones

DEAD at 81

4/26/2013 11:30 AM PDT UPDATED: 4/26/2013 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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8:51 AM PT --
Country superstar Alan Jackson -- who's known George for years -- tells TMZ ... “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music."

He adds, "While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another."

"Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

8:04 AM PT --
George's publicist has released a statement on the singer's passing ... saying, "Today is a sad day for music. George said to me once, 'One day I'll Join the Angel band.' Well, today he did."

The statement continues, "George passed with his family by his side and the official cause of death is being listed as  'Hypoxic Respiratory Failure.'"

FYI -- H.R.F. means the lungs couldn't pump enough oxygen to the rest of the body.

7:44 AM PT --
A family member tells TMZ ... "He has been on oxygen for a long while now and his lungs finally just couldn’t do it anymore and they collapsed and he passed away. He couldn’t breathe anymore on his own."

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George Jones
... the country music megastar whose heartfelt vocals and close-to-home lyrics defined the genre for generations ... died today.  He was 81.

Jones was hospitalized in Nashville on April 18 for a fever and irregular blood pressure, though the cause of death was not immediately released.

Jones was in the middle of a tour -- which he announced would be his last -- when he fell ill. Several dates had already been canceled.

Jones' towering influence on country music was equaled only by his public persona ... which often imitated the melodrama in his songs ... and was well-chronicled in the tabloids. He was married four times -- once to Tammy Wynette -- and made countless headlines for drinking, stormy romances and violent rages.

But his star-power in country music cannot be overstated. Jones has charted more country hits than any other artist ... "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is perhaps his biggest, but the list of charted hits is around 150.



He was a Grand Ole Opry member, a Kennedy Center Honoree, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 ... though given how much influence he had on country music ... they might as well have honored him every year.

Jones' first number one hit was "White Lightning" in 1959.



Jones nearly died in a car wreck in 1999, but recovered and kept his career vibrant right up until his death.

He is survived by four children and his fourth wife of 30 years, Nancy.

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Charlotte Wadkins    

George Jones: ALL my 56 years years of living I listened to his music,- grew up listenin to mom n dad sing his songs, they divorced with him, I had my first (and last) drink with him, we got drunk together, sober together, remarried for the last time together- grew up n grew old(er) together...it breaks my heart. I pray for Nancy for whom he put the golden band on the right left hand this time...I can't imagine no more albums, no more new music, so I will live with my plastic, tapes, n CDs forever playing my Number One Man's singin- Fly high- fly easy George- Heaven's Choir is rejoicing but earth's hearts are ****tered....

512 days ago
137.

RussbNashville    

RIP Possum! Watch the George Jones Tribute Video @ http://countrymusicsongs.co/george-jones-dies/.

512 days ago
138.

RussbNashville    

RIP Possum! Watch the George Jones Tribute Video @ http://countrymusicsongs.co/george-jones-dies/.

512 days ago
139.

hankypanky    

Farewell George...There will never be another you and your voice.

512 days ago
140.

phyllis shealy    

Never judge someones faults, sweep before your own front door. George was a great singer and entertainer
and ugly comments are unnessary.

512 days ago
141.

Susan    

It seems that George Jones straightened up his life once he met Nancy. he was the greatest country singer of all time.

512 days ago
142.

Susan    

Rest in peace George Jones.

512 days ago
143.

nina flinn    

All the great country singer. who's gonna flill their shoes?

512 days ago
144.

troy    

Greatest Voice in country music of all times George jones!!!!!!! oh so true!! saw him 8 times in concert and enjoyed every show!!! even got a chance to visit his home town of saratoga texas while on vacation in houston a few years back.. he will be missed. RIP George..

511 days ago
145.

b roller    

george has gone to take the grand tour may god bless you george sure will miss you

510 days ago
146.

KittiKatt    

Dang...my heart is broke...loved this man and his music. Lost a biggie today :'(

510 days ago
147.

susan padgett    

Rest in peace geroge jones you are in heaven singing for God. I hope my mom and dad hear you singing Rest I n Peace

507 days ago
148.

Andrew    

Semper Fi George. From one Marine to another. May God bless you and your family. RIP

505 days ago
149.

Rick Brown    

I would love to have George Jones Funeral----Memorial where can I find one if you have one
out,what store can I find one?

499 days ago
150.

Diane     

To the person who made that awful coment about Geoges Jones,There will never be another George and you should have a little more respect for our countrys legends !!! God Bless George Jones may you rest in peace We Love You

355 days ago
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