George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a life full of honky-tonk turmoil, died on Friday (April 26) at the age of 81.
Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades and included hits such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Window Up Above," had been hospitalized since April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Jones battled addiction throughout his career. Alcohol and cocaine frequently derailed his career and at one point his reputation for canceling performances earned him the nickname No-Show Jones.
Jones, who was known as "The Possum," married one of country's most popular singers, Tammy Wynette, in 1969. The pairing was an enormous professional success for both as they recorded and toured together. The marriage to Wynette went bad as Jones' addiction problem escalated and Wynette claimed he once came at her with a gun. They divorced in 1975 but later resumed recording together.
Jones was still touring last year, although an upper respiratory infection and other health problems forced him to postpone shows.
Country legend George Jones dies (1:12)
Apr. 26 - Legendary country singer George Jones dies at age 81. Lindsay Claiborn reports. ( Transcript )