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Charley Pride, first major Black star in country music, dies at 86 of covid-19

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Country music legend Charley Pride died on Saturday at the age of 86 from coronavirus complications.

Public relations firm 2911 Media confirmed the singer’s death in a statement, adding that the music legend passed away in Dallas. 

Pride’s death comes one month after his last performance, on Nov. 11 at the Country Music Awards, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born in Sledge, Miss., on March 18, 1934, Pride was country music’s first Black superstar and the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Between 1967 and 1987, Pride had 52 Top 10 country hits, won three Grammy Awards and became RCA Records’s top-selling country music artist. Among his hits were “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,’” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” and “Mountain of Love.”

Pride is survived by his wife, Rozene, his three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Among the celebrities grieving his death is fellow country music legend Dolly Parton.

“I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19,” she said on Twitter. “What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you.” 

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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