11:49 PM EDT 12/21/2014
50 Years of Hits
Originally posted 04/26/2013 10:20AM
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81.
Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Chris Rock & Wife Malaak Compton-Rock Split
Mother Who Gave Birth to Baby While in Coma Returns Home (VIDEO)
How Teresa Giudice Is Spending Her Last Days Before Prison
Pennsylvania Woman Convicted of Euthanizing Her Cancer-Stricken Neighbor's Healthy Siberian Husky
Miley Cyrus Bonds with Arnold Schwarzenegger over the Holidays
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!