Tributes: The Stars We've Lost

From Maya Angelou to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Paul Walker, we remember the personalities who've left us

GEORGE JONES

During a career that spanned more than 50 years, the multiple Grammy winner recorded more than 150 albums and had dozens of number one hits, including "She Thinks I Still Care" and "White Lightning." Born in Saratoga, Texas, in 1931, Jones got his start singing at local venues for $17.50 a week. By 1956 he was performing at the Grand Ole Opry. But as the baritone's career took off, so did his personal crises, which included a serious drinking and drug problem, three divorces (one from fellow country crooner Tammy Wynette) and bankruptcy. In 1983 after marrying fourth wife, Nancy, whom he credits with helping turn his life around, "Possum" entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse and eventually got his career back on track. The country legend, 81, died April 26 in Nashville after a brief hospitalization.