Country legend Charley Pride has died after a battle with COVID-19, at the age of 86.
The star, whose hits included ‘Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ and ‘Crystal Chandeliers’ died in Dallas, Texas. He was the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Just last month, on 11 November, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at what would become his final performance, where he sang alongside Jimmie Allen at the CMA Awards.
Tributes to the star flooded social media in the hours after the news was announced, including a touching memory from Brad Paisley which read: “I first met Charley when he was 15. He gave his home phone number to my dad and said ‘I’d love to help your son’. And help he did. I’m devastated. You changed country music for the better, Charley. And you changed this kid’s life.”