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The news of George Jones‘s death Friday was felt deeply all over Nashville and the country music community across the nation.  After word went out about his passing, artist reaction began streaming in via press releases and social media:

Garth Brooks — “The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die.  Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.”

Loretta Lynn — “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”

Luke Bryan — “George. You will be deeply missed. Thanks for the beautiful memories.”

Scotty McCreery — “RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed.”

Dierks Bentley — “man…heartbroken. Nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. Love you nancy. Long live the possum. Gonna miss my buddy. Real Sad.”

Terri Clark — “I just heard that we lost one of our biggest legends in country music today. We will do our best to fill your shoes Mr. George Jones- RIP.”

Faith Hill — “We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away…Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family.”

George Strait — “RIP in George Jones THANK YOU for everything!!”

Blake Shelton — “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

Alan Jackson — “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Kacey Musgraves — “That angel choir just got a whole lot better this morning.. #RIP #GeorgeJones.”

The Band Perry‘s Neil Perry  — “Country music and the world lost a true legend today… Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed.”

Jason Aldean — “So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten.”

Keith Urban — “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”  Keith also posted a video on YouTube of him performing the chorus of “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” ending with Keith saying, “Rest in peace, George.  We love you.”

Brad Paisley — “My friend, the greatest singer of all time ,has passed. To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.”

Kenny Chesney — “He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered. You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that’s why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time.”

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