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OTRC: George Jones, country superstar, dies at 81

Country singer George Jones appears in a file image provided by by Webster & Associates, LLC.

George Jones, the singer of the country hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81.

According to his publicist, Jones died Friday morning in Nashville after being hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was in the middle of his final tour at the time.

Jones is survived by his fourth wife of 30 years, Nancy, his four children and his sister, Helen Scroggins.

Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the 1950s to 1990s. His first hit was in 1959 with the song "White Lightning," which topped Billboard country charts for five weeks.

George Jones mourned by fellow musicians

The final concert on Jones' farewell tour was set for Nov. 22, 2013 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show's guest performers includes Kid Rock, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels. The latter singer Tweeted on Friday: "Rest in peace George Jones. There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."

Dolly Parton said on her Tumblr page: "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 the rest of his family."

John Oates of Hall & Oates fame said on Twitter that Jones was "the greatest country performers of all time."

Alan Jackson issued a similar statement on Twitter, saying: "Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music - thery'll never be another."

Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox said: "George Jones 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."

Harry Connick Jr. said: "i won't stop loving him today, or ever. all my thoughts are with nancy and his family... he was the the greatest ever. (sic)"

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