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Grand Ole Opry Star Jack Greene Dead at 83

Image courtesy of JackGreeneOpry.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of JackGreeneOpry.com (via ABC News Radio)

Grand Ole Opry star Jack Greene died Thursday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Greene was born in Maryville, TN and got his start as a member of Ernest Tubb 's band.  He won Male Vocalist, Single and Album of the Year at the first-ever CMA Awards in 1967 on the strength of his hit "There Goes My Everything," and his album of the same name. He joined the Grand Ole Opry that same year and went on to score five other #1 country hits, including 1969's "Statue of a Fool."

Blake Shelton was among the stars tweeting their thoughts  on Greene: "Very sad to hear about the passing of Jack Green. He and I performed his song "Statue of a Fool" at the Opry years ago.. True hero."

George Strait also tweeted : "RIP Jack Greene you will be missed."

A celebration of Jack Greene's life will take place March 27 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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