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Country musician Joe Diffie died Sunday due to complications from COVID-19.
The name may sound familiar not only to country music fans, but also to Streator Fourth of July concertgoers. Diffie played in front of a large crowd at Northpoint Plaza during the 2018 celebration.
With hits such as "Pickup Man," “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)," “John Deere Green” and “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," Diffie was a popular musician in the 1990s.
He was one of the first national acts to propel Streator's Independence Day celebration, which has since scheduled two to three national acts each summer.
Additionally, John Prine's family reported the Chicago folk musician was hospitalized with COVID-19, and his family tweeted "his situation is critical."