Joe Diffie’s Daughter, Kara, Releases Statement After Father’s Death

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The news of Joe Diffie’s death came as a shock to all, including his daughter Kara.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Kara explained that the loss of her dad was so “sudden and tragic” that she had “no words.”

Kara thanked everyone for the “outpouring of love, kind words and prayers,” and pleaded for everyone to please take the coronavirus seriously.

I just want to say thank you for the outpouring of love, kind words and prayers from my friends, family and people whose…

Posted by Kara Diffie on Sunday, March 29, 2020

On Tuesday (March 31) Kara posted on Instagram a photo of a quote with the caption:

“Still reeling… my heart is heavy but I am feeling immensely proud to be a #diffiekid. Missing my daddy.”

Kara and her dad Joe shared a lot of great memories together, including sharing the Grand Ole Opry stage. Several years ago, with her dad by her side, she sang “Amazing Grace” at the Grand Ole Opry and the crowd loved it.

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Just another nite at the Grand Ole Opry….

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Award-winning country music artist Joe Diffie passed away at the age of 61 on Sunday (March 29) from complications of COVID-19.

Diffie was a staple of ’90s country music. From 1990 to 2004 Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and had five number one songs: “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Bigger Than The Beetles,” and his longest-lasting number-one song “Pickup Man.”

Diffie won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1999 and won a CMA Award in 1993 for Vocal Event of the Year.

GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). His family requests privacy at this time.

Posted by Joe Diffie on Sunday, March 29, 2020

Just days before his death, Diffie had released a statement to Instagram stating that he was being treated for COVID-19 by medical professionals and urged the public and his fans to be “vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Watch Kara perform “Amazing Grace” at the Grand Ole Opry, with her dad by her side below.

Our condolences go out to Diffie’s friends and family, a true country legend lost. He will be forever missed but his legacy will live on.