Country star John Prine in 'critical condition' following onset of Covid-19 symptoms

Country star John Prine in 'critical condition' following onset of Covid-19 symptoms

American singer-songwriter John Prine is in a critical condition following the sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

In a statement posted to the star's Twitter account, the Prine family confirmed that he had been hospitalised last Thursday and that his condition worsened over the weekend.

It reads: “After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalised on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but the situation is critical”

This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now.

“And know that we love you, and that John loves you."

The 73-year-old has previously beaten cancer, most recently lung cancer in 2013 when he had part of his lung removed.

Prine’s wife and Donegal native, Fiona Whelan Prine, said on March 19 that she had coronavirus and that the couple were quarantining separately.

"There's a chance he may not have this virus," she said in a video posted to her Instagram.

"We are working really, really hard and being really diligent about all of the protocols. We are quarantined and isolated from each other and members of the family. It's hard, I won't lie, but it's absolutely important."

Fellow country music singer, Joan Baez has posted a cover of Prine’s 1971 song Hello in There in tribute to the musician and his wife.

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