The star was hospitalized on Thursday.

John Prine
Credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images

Singer-songwriter John Prine has contracted the coronavirus. According to a message posted by the Prine family on his official Twitter account, the 73-year-old is in condition is critical.

"After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26)," explains the message. "He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his 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 John loves you."

Prine began his recording career with his self-titled 1971 debut and over the years has won four Grammy awards. His fans include Bob Dylan who in a 2009 interview with the Huffington Post said "Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the ninth degree."

For the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick, please visit

Related content: