Star's hits included "Third Rock From the Sun," and "Pickup Man."

By Clark Collis
March 29, 2020 at 05:40 PM EDT
Joe Diffie

Country singer and songwriter Joe Diffie has died at the age of 61. According to his publicist, Diffie died on Sunday from complications relating to the coronavirus.

Diffie enjoyed a string of hits during the '90s including "If You Want Me To," "Home," "Whole Lotta Gone," "C-O-U-N-T-R-Y," "The Quittin' Kind," "Texas Size Heartache," "A Night to Remember," "Third Rock From the Sun," and "Pickup Man." He also wrote songs for Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina.

Entertainment Weekly gave Diffie's 1993 album Honky Tonk Attitude an "A-" review. "Joe Diffie is maturing into a first-rate interpreter of working-class woes," wrote EW critic Alanna Nash. "On Honky Tonk Attitude, with few exceptions, his songs resonate with blue-collar experience, whether they’re celebrating small victories or mourning major losses."

Jason Aldean namechecked Diffie on his 2013 single “1994”  as did Chris Young on last year's “Raised On Country."

The Associated Press reported on Friday that Diffie had tested positive for COVID-19.

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