Country Music Legend Jim Ed Brown Dead At 81

(Radio.com) Jim Ed Brown passed away on Thursday (June 11) after a battle with cancer. He was 81. The country singer and Grand Ole Opry member died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. just a week after it was reported that his cancer had returned.

'The Grand Ole Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jim Ed's passing," Pete Fisher, Vice President, General Manager Grand Ole Opry said in a press statement. 'While we will miss his kind heart and gentle nature, we will remember and celebrate one of music's smoothest and most beloved voices ever."

Brown made his last appearance at the Opry on April 11, 2015 performing 'In Style Again" and 'The Three Bells," just a month after he and his former band the Browns were elected as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

On June 3, just months after he canceled a tour after being diagnosed with lung cancer, his daughter Kim revealed on Facebook that his cancer had returned. Read more here.

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