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Breaking: George Jones Dies

Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living
country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets
and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today,"
has died. He was 81.


Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with
fever and irregular blood pressure.


Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in
five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by
fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis
Costello, James Taylor and countless others.


In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" recorded more
than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional
country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Breaking: George Jones Dies


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