Country music legend George Jones passed away this morning at the age of 81 and tributes have been pouring in from across the web in stories and on Twitter.
No less an authority than Merle Haggard tweeted:"The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived."
Keith Urban wrote: "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"
Dolly Parton: "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer."
And the tributes were not limited to country music with everyone from rock stars like Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, alt-rocker Mike Doughty, and comedian Patton Oswalt paying respect to the "Possum." Oswalt tweeted "George Jones has taken his last lawnmower ride. The Possum is a no-show.
You can read the Associated Press obituary here. Billboard has a Q&A looking back at his career here. Brian Mansfield from USA Today writes a lengthy obituary/appreciation here. And Country Weekly has his last interview, a great, candid read from just a few weeks ago, here.
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