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Darius Rucker on Charley Pride’s Death: ‘He Destroyed Barriers’

by Thad Mitchell
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Country music star Darius Rucker took to social media on Saturday to express his sorrow over the death of Charley Pride. Rucker joins many country and other musical artists in mourning the loss of the legendary music icon. Pride passed away this weekend at the age of 86 due to complications in his battle against COVID-19.

In his social media post, Darius Rucker says Pride brought down barriers keeping African American from success in the genre.

“My heart is so heavy,” he says. “Charley Pride was an icon a legend and any other word you want to use for his greatness. He destroyed barriers and did things that no one had ever done. But today I am thinking of friend. Heaven just got one of the finest people I know. I miss and love you CP!”

Darius Rucker Joins Others in Saying Goodbye to Charley Pride

Rucker is the latest country music star to express their sadness and say farewell to Pride on social media. Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Maren Morris are among many other artists who have done the same.

Pride holds a special place in Rucker’s heart as he was the first African American to find stardom in the country music industry. He rose to prominence in the 1960’s with hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” and “Afraid of Losing You Again.”

Pride is the most recent country music star to succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, Joe Diffie and John Prine also died from the virus.