Watch Charley Pride’s Final Message to Fans Before His Death

by Kayla Zadel
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The music industry lost a legend yesterday (Dec.12) but we remember Charley Pride in a final video that he shared with fans.

Charley Pride posted a video on Facebook on Tuesday, December 8, just days before he passed away. The video features Pride talking about changes to his website and his online store. He does reference the novel coronavirus. However, he does not mention feeling sick himself.

The country music legend says, “Charley Pride here. Hope you’re doing okay during this crazy time. I want to let you know that we just launched a new website and changed up the online store.”

Pride continues with he’s been busy signing merchandise that’s available on sale on his online store.

“These are the original albums from RCA and also 16 Avenue Records. Hope you enjoy the new site and get to learn a little bit more about what we’re doing,” he says.

Fans are leaving messages mourning Pride’s death in the comments, as well as comments about his “healthy appearance.” Some are speculating that he was feeling rejuvenated after his new-found notoriety after last month’s award.

Charley Pride Passes Away from COVID-19 Complications

The legendary artist passed away Saturday, December 12 from complications related to the coronavirus. He was 86-years-old.

Fans and stars alike have been sharing heartfelt tributes. Those messages can be read here.

Just last month Pride accepted the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th CMA Awards. This was exactly one month ago, the same day his death was reported. Some artists and fans have been wondering if the CMA Awards last month had anything to do with it.

CMA has since said in a statement that Charley Pride was tested numerous times for the virus.

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