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Stars share thoughts on passing of George Jones

Dolly Parton: "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and the rest of his family."

Garth Brooks: "The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die,"  Brooks said in an email to The Associated Press. "Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music."

Charlie Daniels: "Rest in peace George Jones There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."

Merle Haggard: "The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived."

Hank Williams Jr.: "Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many."

Randy Travis: "I am very thankful I got to know George, he's one of the greatest singers that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy."

Kenny Rogers: "George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered."

Barbara Mandrell: "I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say 'George Jones'. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."

Reba McEntire: "My prayers go out to Nancy Jones today. Her partner and husband George Jones passed this morning. We'll miss George very much. RIP."

Keith Urban: "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"

Tim McGraw: "Gone ...... George Jones ..... man he was country music."

Travis Tritt: "I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I've lost a dear friend."

Blake Shelton: "Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones..."

Carrie Underwood: "Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will."

Vince Gill: "There's a huge emptiness in the music world today from the passing of our good friend George Jones. But, the void is filled with the many memories that will be with us forever. We love you, George."

Brad Paisley: "George Jones' life is an example of so many wonderful things; How someone's God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person's eye can still prevail even after all of life's hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George's life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know and one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George."

Duane Allen: "There's a huge emptiness in the music world today from the passing of our good friend George Jones. But, the void is filled with the many memories that will be with us forever. We love you, George."

Ronnie Dunn: "The greatest country blues singer to ever live."

Trace Adkins‏: "George Jones was my friend, and I loved him."

Dierks Bentley: "Nancy and George Jones had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. Real sad."

Jennifer Nettles: "I'll never forget the first time I heard the story in "He Stopped Loving Her Today". RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed."

Jason Aldean: "So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten."

Craig Morgan: "We will miss our friend Mr George Jones RIP"

Martina McBride: "So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans.

Sheryl Crow: "Such a sad day... May you Rest in Peace George Jones."

Lorrie Morgan: "Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend. With tear-filled eyes, I'm reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones. He was part of my 'country music education;' he made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song's best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did."

Toby Keith: "George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he'd live forever. Let's break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family."

Rodney Atkins: "Sending prayers & love to Nancy & the whole Jones family & all of George Jones's fans & friends. George Jones was a true country music legend."

John Rich: "The world will miss the great George Jones.  A giant has passed on. Proud to say we were true friends. Who's gonna fill his shoes? Nobody. Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some George Jones DNA in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."

Hillary Scott: "Saddened by the passing of George Jones. Sending prayers up for his wife and family. Country Music will never be the same."

Lorrie Morgan: "My heart is heavy today as I've lost my friend and idol George Jones."

Billy Ray Cyrus: "I'm stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones. The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers."

Rob Thomas: "R.I.P. to a true country/american legend, George Jones. thanx for the music."

Tracy Lawrence: "I am so saddened by the news of George Jones' passing.I will always treasure our times together."

Sara Evans: "So saddened to hear of George Jones' passing. He was an idol of mine and a true legend! One of the best voices of all time. I will miss him."

Faith Hill: "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away..."

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian: "So sad we lost "the possum" today. R.I.P George Jones and know we didn't stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our hearts."

Darrell Waltrip: "This is one of the saddest days in the history of country music, George Jones is a national treasure, he was a friend, God Bless the possum."

Bo Bice: "George Jones passed away this morning. We will miss ya Possum. There will never be another!! Make them angels weep up there GJ."

Scotty McCreery: "RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed."

Troy Aikman: "Country music legend George Jones has passed away at 81. "The Possum" was one of my favorites...had the pleasure of meeting him years ago."

Gov. Bill Haslam: "We've lost a true country music legend. Crissy and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and to fans around the world who will miss his distinctive voice."

Mayor Karl Dean: "Like me, I'm sure music fans around the world can't get 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' out of their head on this sad day. Nashville has lost a legend. When I moved to Nashville in 1978, one of the first places I visited was George's Possum Holler nightclub. It was a great introduction to Nashville. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, his family and his dear friends."

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