Country Stars Remember ‘Pickup Man’ Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi's Rock The South
Joe Diffie; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi's Rock The South
Joe Diffie; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi's Rock The South

Grammy-winning singer and Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie died on Sunday, March 29 due to complications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 61 years old.

Survived by his wife and five children, Diffie was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry and was best known for songs such as “John Deere Green,” “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” Throughout his career, Diffie released 13 albums and earned over 20 Top 10 hits at country radio. Diffie was a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 25 years.

The singer, who rose to fame in the 1990s, greatly impacted the country music community and influenced the careers of many of today’s top country stars. As the news of his passing spread, artists such as Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Travis Tritt and fellow Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood took to social media to pay tribute to Diffie.

See what they had to say below.