John Prine is reported to be in critical condition following hospitalisation for COVID-19. The singer-songwriter is said to have been on breathing assistance since Saturday (28 March).
“After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalised on Thursday (26 March). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical”, his family said on Facebook.
“This is hard news for us to share. 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.” See the full post below:
Earlier this month, Prine’s wife and manager Fiona Whelan Prine was also diagnosed with COVID-19. In an Instagram post at the time, she responded to fans’ concerns for her husband – given his “different health issues over the years”
“So many people have reached out to ask how we are and especially how John is, because many of you know that he’s had a lot of different health issues over the years, and he is definitely in that vulnerable population they’ve been talking about”
John Prine has fought cancer, twice. He’s undergone a medical procedure which resulted in a portion of his lung removed. Despite this, Prine was still active in writing and producing new music, releasing 2016’s For Better, Or Worse and 2018’s The Tree Of Forgiveness.
Last year, it was announced that the singer-songwriter would be a recipient of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony that was set to take place 18 April 2020.
Prine recently had to postpone the Australian leg of his Tree Of Forgiveness tour due to a hip injury he suffered. The tour is set to pick back up in Louisville, Kentucky on 22 May, though this now depends solely on Prine’s wellbeing.