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Country singer George Jones passes away Friday at age 81

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 81.

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He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history.

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