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Singer-songwriter John Prine in critical condition

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 22:00:06-04

Singer-songwriter John Prine is in critical condition after apparently contracting coronavirus, his family said Sunday.

In a statement, Prine’s family said the legendary country and folk singer was hospitalized Thursday night after suddenly developing COVID-19 symptoms. Prine, 73, was intubated on Saturday.

“This is hard news for us to share,” his family said. “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.”

The one-time postal worker wrote songs like “Angel from Montgomery” and “Hello in There.” Doctors removed a cancerous lump from Prine’s throat in 1998. He also underwent treatment for lung cancer but continued to write, record and perform.