Charley Pride Was Reportedly Hospitalized with COVID-19 Since November

by Emily Morgan
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As many are reeling from the shocking loss of country legend Charley Pride, details surrounding the singer’s death are continuing to come out.

On Saturday, Dec 12, Pride passed away from COVID-19 complications. According to Pride’s family, he suffered symptoms of the virus beginning in late November.

In the family’s statement shared on Facebook, they explained his condition. “Charley was admitted to the hospital in late November with COVID-19-type symptoms,” the statement reads.

“Despite the incredible efforts, skill and care of his medical team over the past several weeks, he was unable to overcome the virus,” the family writes. “Charley felt blessed to have such wonderful fans all over the world. And he would want his fans to take this virus very seriously.”

Fans Wonder if Charleys Pride’s CMA Appearance Led to Death

Fans speculated that Charley Pride’s death was due to his recent appearance at the 2020 CMA awards in early November. Even though many awards shows canceled the event or limited the number of attendees, the CMAs continued despite the ongoing pandemic.

On Nov 11, the country legend attended the CMAs to receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Charley Pride also performed alongside Jimmie Allen when he sang his song, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.” Little did fans know this would be his last time to take the stage.

The Country Music Association required all attendees to undergo COVID-19 testing; surprisingly, many viewers said they witnessed few artists wearing masks or social distancing.

As rumors began to circulate that Pride contracted the virus at the awards show, the association quickly issued a statement.

“Charley was tested prior to traveling to Nashville. He was tested upon landing in Nashville, and again on show day, with all tests coming back negative. After returning to Texas following the CMA Awards, Charley again tested negative multiple times.”

In conclusion, the association said, “All of us in the country music community are heartbroken by Charley’s passing. Out of respect for his family during their grieving period, we will not be commenting on this further.”

The family has not yet released funeral plans for Pride. However, they ask that fans make donations to the Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, food banks, or another charity of the donor’s choice in place of flowers.