Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, and More Pay Tribute to Country Music Legend Joe Diffie

Diffie, 61, died on Sunday from complications related to the novel coronavirus.

Joe Diffie
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Joe Diffie, the legendary country star known for "Pickup Man," "Ships That Don't Come In," and more, died on Sunday, March 29 from complications related to the novel coronavirus. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native was 61 years old.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years, Diffie heavily influenced some of Nashville's biggest stars. In the moments following the tragic news, Nashville's biggest stars took to social media with tributes to the legendary crooner.

From Trisha Yearwood and Brad Paisley, to Travis Tritt, see how country music is paying tribute to the late icon.

Trisha Yearwood

"Joe's voice was always so pure and just…on. He never missed a note. Ever," Yearwood wrote on Facebook. "I was always a fan and wasn't surprised to see him succeed in country music. His voice was always undeniable."

"You never think the last time you see someone is going to be the last time you see them," she concluded. "My heart is broken today for Joe's family and friends, and for all the fans who love his music."

Clint Black

"We've lost a friend, @JoeDiffieOnline to this horrible virus," Black wrote on Twitter. "Wishing his family and all those who knew and loved Joe the very best in strength and peace of mind. Let that 'jukebox' play him off to rest in peace."

Travis Tritt

"Just learned that @JoeDiffieOnline has passed away due to complications from the Coronavirus," Tritt shared on Twitter. "Joe was a friend and touring partner with me in the 90's. This comes as a huge shock to all of us in the country music community. Deepest condolences to Joe's family, friends and fans."

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Brad Paisley

"I'm devastated by the loss of my friend Joe Diffie. I can't find adequate words. But the records he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, and our memories cannot be taken away by this disease," Paisley wrote alongside a video of him and Diffie performing together. "Please celebrate his music today everyone, go listen again to his records."

Carrie Underwood

"Absolutely no words for the loss of Joe Diffie," Underwood wrote. "The music and legacy he leaves behind are legendary. Prayers for his family and friends."

Our hearts go out to Joe's family, friends, and fans, as well as the entire country music industry.

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