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Country Legend George Jones, 81, Dies in Nashville

George Jones, one of the greatest country singers of all time, died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 81.

Jones's publicist told People the singer passed away on April 26 after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones had more than a dozen No. 1 country hits, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today," plus "We're Gonna Hold On," "Golden Ring," and "Near You" with his third wife, Tammy Wynette. He had a total of four wives, and he's survived by Nancy, his wife of 30 years, as well as his children and grandchildren.

Jones was a legend honored by singers across all genres, from Frank Sinatra and James Taylor to Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. But he was also known for his battles with alcohol and drug addiction. He made the decision in 1985 to “dry out or die,” crediting his wife for saving him. As he told People in 1992, "I was down about as low as you can get. I didn't think there was any way back, so if I hadn't lucked out and had Nancy, I would probably have wound up dead."

Instead, he lived on for many years and he'll be remembered for many more.

Source: People

04.26.2013 / 10:15 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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