George Jones R.I.P
(CNN) -- George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music -- including "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- has died, according to his public relations firm.
Jones, 81, died Friday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, the public relations firm said. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Jones' career was marked by a tumultuous marriage to Tammy Wynette and bouts with alcoholism that led to occasional concert cancellations. (One of his nicknames was "No Show Jones.") But there was no denying his talent.
Waylon Jennings once wrote a song that said, "George might show up flyin' high, if George shows up at all / But he may be, unconsciously, the greatest of them all."
Country legend George Jones des at 81
He was one of my favorites. One of country music's greatest legends. Many are surprised a man who lived as hard as he did was able to live as long as he did.
I loved George Jones. I loved that movie when he was married to Tammy Wynette. Tammy had hid the keys to all the cars so George wouldn't start drinking and take off to the bar. George got drunk and took the riding lawn mower and drove it 20 miles to the bar! But he was the perfect country crooner.