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Dolly Parton took to Twitter this afternoon to share her grief and love for Charley Pride, who she has known since the 1970’s. Pride died today (12/12) at the age of 86 of COVID-19.

Dolly posted To Twitter, “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. Rest In Peace. My love and thoughts go out to his family and all of his fans. – Dolly.”

Others big stars also posted to social media about the death of beloved Charley Pride including Keith Urban who wrote on Instagram just minutes ago, “We lost a great one today. Charley was such a pioneer on so many levels, but for me he was among the first country music voices I heard on our family’s record player. I sang many of his songs in my cover band days, and so it was surreal to finally be on stage with him at our All For The Hall concert playing Kiss An Angel Good Morning. He was also one of kindest people I’ve ever met .Peace and blessings to your beautiful soul Charley – and to all of your family today Keith.”

Brad Paisley wrote, “The most generous, kind, trailblazing man has left us. I met Charley Pride when I was 15. He gave his home phone number to my dad, and said “I’d love to help your son.” And help he did. I am so blessed to have had so many memories with him.
I’m devastated. You changed country music for the better, Charley. And you changed this kid’s life. We love you. #charleypride.”

Jason Aldean wrote on Instagram, “Just learning of the passing of another one of our legends in Country Music. I can’t imagine what this man went through as a Black Country Music artist trying to break into this business, but what a career he had. I grew up such a fan of his music and his voice and he will be greatly missed by all of us. RIP Mr. Charley Pride.”

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