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Guitarist Jody Payne, who toured with Willie Nelson for 35 years, died on Saturday in Stapleton, Alabama at the age of 77.

Nelson wrote Saturday on his official website, “With a heavy heart Willie Nelson and Family are sad to report that Jody Payne passed away this morning.  He is survived by his wife, Vicki, sons Waylon and Austin, and the many family and friends. We understand that he will not have a public funeral and a possible memorial will be held later this year.”

Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 until his retirement in 2008.

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