Just one month after being honored at the CMA’s with a lifetime achievement award and performing on national television, iconic pioneering country musician Charley Pride has died at the age of 86.
ABC News reports that Pride died Saturday in Dallas from complications related to COVID-19.
They also posted the video from the #AmericaStrong segment produced earlier after the CMA performance which would be his last time on stage.
Numerous Country Stars are sharing their feelings on Twitter regarding the passing of Charley Pride:
I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you. (1/2)
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 12, 2020
Very sad to hear of the passing of a country legend, Mr Charley Pride. He was very kind to me early in my career, and his boldness and leadership as an African American country artist broke down many barriers for artists that followed. He will be greatly missed. #RIPCharliePride pic.twitter.com/CJVwaxvXnQ
— John Rich (@johnrich) December 12, 2020