It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens has passed away at the age of 94. According to a statement from his publicist, Dickens died of cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon (January 2nd) at a Nashville area hospital.
“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher says. “He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come.”
Dickens’ career withstood the test of time and he helped inspire and launch many influential country music careers along the way, and many are expressing their grief over this loss.
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) January 3, 2015
As the sun sets on this planet tonight, for the first time in 94 years it is without my hero, Little Jimmy Dickens. https://t.co/Ifam3phFqN
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) January 3, 2015
So incredibly sad about the passing of Little Jimmy Dickens. Country music has lost one of its biggest (cont) http://t.co/JiyJh8I7OZ
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) January 3, 2015
Rest in peace Little Jimmy. Thanks for all the smiles, great music and your big loving heart.… http://t.co/hJ89sS2qn9
— Reba McEntire (@reba) January 3, 2015
— John Rich (@johnrich) January 3, 2015
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The beloved entertainer entered the hospital on Christmas Day after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Mona, and daughters Pamela Detert and Lisa King. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. A public visitation and public service are being planned.
We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Little Jimmy Dickens, and send a big thank you up above to the legendary performer for all that he gave to country music. Nashville’s light shines a little less bright tonight.