Joe Diffie, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that reached mainstream success in the 1990s, died Sunday from complications of coronavirus, his publicist said in a news release, APA reports citing CNN.
Diffie, a 61-year-old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made 13 albums and had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit, his publicist said. Sporting a mustache and mullet, his boot-scooting crowd-pleasers included the hits, "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" and "Honky Tonk Attitude."
Two days before his death, Diffie released a statement saying he had tested positive for coronavirus and was receiving treatment.
"My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic," the statement said.
His songs were full of tongue-in-cheek takes on life as a "good ol' boy," like 1994's "Pickup Man," his song about pickup trucks and the men who drive them.
"I met all my wives in traffic jams / There's just something women like about a pickup man," he sang.