George Jones passes away–for real

Though rumors earlier this week proved a hoax, this time it’s real, as reported by the AP today.

George Jones, the iconic country singer who was famous for making smash hits of such sad ballads as “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and “The Green, Green Grass of Home,’ has died. He was 81.

He passed away today, Friday April 26, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with irregular blood pressure accompanied with fever.

He had Number one songs in five  decades, from the fifties to the nineties, and was not only idolized by his fellow country singers, but by icons from other genres such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and many more.

Nicknamed the “Possum,” he had recorded more than one hundred and fifty albums and became the king and long-time symbol of traditional country music. He will be missed sorely by country music fans the world over,