Many country stars have Facebooked and Tweeted their reactions to the death of the legendary George Jones. Here’s what they had to say about The Possum:
Blake Shelton: Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”
Keith Urban writes, “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”.
Sheryl Crow: “Such a sad day… May you Rest in Peace George Jones” with LeAnn Rimes adding “So sad we lost ‘the possum’ today. R.I.P George Jones and know we didn’t stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our hearts.”
Faith Hill: ”We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away.”
Jason Aldean offered, “So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten.”
Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles: ”’ll never forget the first time I heard the story in He Stopped Loving Her Today. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.”
Kid Rock: Country music lost a legend today. George Jones is one of the greatest of all time. Rest in peace my friend. – Kid Rock
Brad Paisley: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George. Brad”
Dolly Parton: “My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts: “He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”
Merle Haggard: “The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
Easton Corbin: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”
Blake Shelton (via Twitter): Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…
Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter): Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones
Hank Williams Jr.: “Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.”
Faith Hill (via Twitter): We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family.
Randy Travis: “I am very thankful I got to know George, he’s one of the greatest singers that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy.”
Keith Urban (via Twitter): If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!! -KU
The Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen: “There’s a huge emptiness in the music world today from the passing of our good friend George Jones. But, the void is filled with the many memories that will be with us forever. We love you, George.”
Reba McEntire (via Twitter): My prayers go out to Nancy Jones today. Her partner and husband George Jones passed this morning. We’ll miss George very much. RIP.
Miranda Lambert (via Twitter): God bless the gift George Jones shared with us. That voice will live on forever.
Dierks Bentley (via Twitter): man….heartbroken. nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad. as sad as i am, i know my friend terry eldredge @TheGrascals is devastated. no bigger fan. many nights listening to jones together. #thedoor
The Farm: We truly lost one of the best today.Thanks for all your years of great country music that will live on forever. Rest in Peace George Jones. George- you have inspired me since I was a little boy. Performing with you was one of the true highlights of my life. I will miss you. ~NH
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott (via Twitter): Saddened by the passing of George Jones Sending prayers up for his wife and family Country Music will never be the same.