Celebrities Pay Tribute to Country Star George Jones

They called him the world’s greatest living country singer, and since news of George Jones’ passing (following being hospitalized for irregular blood pressure and a fever last week) at age 81 broke this morning, tributes to the man affectionately known as “Possum” have been pouring in via social media.

Fellow country music legend and sometime duet partner Dolly Parton (@Dolly_Parton) wrote, “My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer.” Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) echoed the sentiment, adding, “Sad morning losing the great George Jones. He will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived.” Reba McEntire (@reba) tweeted, “My prayers go out to Nancy Jones today. Her partner and husband George Jones passed this morning.  We’ll miss George…”

Other tributes to Jones, whose Twitter handle was @gjpossum, include:

Hank Williams Jr. (@HankJr): “Sad day in Country music.  We’ve lost another piece of history. @gjpossum was not only a good singer, but a good friend. He will be missed!”

k.d. lang (@kdlang): “Swift and positive rebirth #georgejones The quintessential country voice. Bourbon and chocolate.  Thank you George.  I truly am indebted.”

John Rich (@JohnRich): “Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music. My God. We’ve lost our Elvis.”

Ricky Skaggs (@RickySkaggs): “THE Country Music singer of all time. The words ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ has never been more true than today.”

The Grand Ole Opry (@opry): “The music will never stop playing. Thank you, George and we will miss you.”

Allan Jackson (@OfficialJackson): “Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music – there’ll never be another.”

Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels): “Rest in peace George Jones There will never be another one like you and we’ll miss you a bunch Buddy.”

Keith Urban (@KeithUrban): “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”

Billy Ray Cyrus (billyraycyrus): “I’m stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones.The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers”

Clay Aiken (@clayaiken): “Sad to hear of the passing of the great George Jones, Soundtrack to much of my childhood. We’ll lay a wreath upon his door. Rest in peace.”

For some of our favourite George Jones moments, scroll through the videos below.