George Jones, a hard-living honky-tonk singer whose piercing, emotive voice spawned countless imitators and whose marriage to Tammy Wynette was one of the most turbulent in country music, died April 26 at a hospital in Nashville. He was 81.
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets, and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," died April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He had been hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist, Kirt Webster. Jones was 81.Mark Humphrey/AP