Country star Charlie Pride dies from coronavirus complications

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Charlie Pride dies of coronavirus (Photo: Harrison McClary / REUTERS)

Country star Charlie Pride, 86, has died of complications from the coronavirus.

Pride, one of the earliest country music superstars, also became the first black country music Hall of Fame member. He was 86.

The artist died on Saturday in Dallas from complications caused by the coronavirus: he was hospitalized at the end of November.

Pride has released dozens of albums and sold over 25 million records in a career that began in the mid-1960s. He has won three Grammy Awards, sang over 30 No. 1 hits between 1969 and 1984, won the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year award in 1972, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.