George Jones Dies; Country Great Was 81

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Legendary country singer George Jones has died at the age of 81.

The peerless, hard-living star recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets, perhaps most notably the classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

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Rep Kirt Webster says Jones died today at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones recorded 150 (?!) albums and notched No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the '50s to the '90s.

He was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but artists such as Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and many others.

R.I.P.

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