John Prine’s Wife Details His Last Moments

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On the night of April 7, 2020, the family of music legend John Prine confirmed to Rolling Stone that he had sadly passed away from complications with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

He had been hospitalized since March 26 after developing “a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms.”

John’s wife of 24 years, Fiona, had previously revealed her positive COVID-19 diagnosis on March 17. John was tested at the same time, but his test came back “indeterminate.” John  eventually did contract COVID-19 as well, and was in critical condition at the time his family issued their initial statement.

Fiona continued to provide updates, telling fans John was “stable,” but not better. Her last update on his condition came on April 2, which was his 8th day in the ICU.

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@fprine ・・・ This is John’s 8th day in ICU . He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing for me. As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Saturday. He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world, John has pneumonia in both lungs. He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics. He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him. I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time. On behalf of me and our boys- Jody Jack and Tommy – please know that we are keeping you all in our hearts with a prayer that you stay safe and healthy. Please continue to send Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John. He needs us now more than ever.John loves you and I love you too.??❤️? Cartoon by Rick Maynard

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Unfortunately, the next time Fiona would be addressing the public on social media would be to speak about her beloved husband’s death.

On Wednesday morning (April 8), Fiona broke her silence on social media.

She wrote, “We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.”

Fiona said that although the medical team at Vanderbilt hospital did everything they could, John “could not overcome” the damage the virus did to his body.

She also detailed the final moments of his life, and she was able to be by his side, something that is not always allowed because of how contagious the virus is. In her April 3rd update, Fiona said she wasn’t allowed to be with him, but we’re so glad that changed.

Fiona revealed, “I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.”

She thanked fans and friends for their prayers the last couple weeks and urged everyone to take the disease seriously and to follow the CDC’s guidelines.

Fiona ended the statement on social media by saying, “In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits,,

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Prine family during this time.

See  Fiona’s full post below.