Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts & More React to Joe Diffie's Death: 'A Dear Friend and Legend Gone'

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Joe Diffie performs on day three of Country Thunder Milwaukee on July 23, 2016 in Twin Lakes, Wisc.

"The records he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, and our memories cannot be taken away by this disease," Brad Paisley wrote of Diffie, who died from COVID-19.

Joe Diffie's death after contracting the novel coronavirus has left the country music community in mourning.

The veteran country artist, who passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 61, was a friend of many fellow musicians, including Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Trace Adkins, all of whom left messages on social media upon hearing the somber news.

"I'm devastated by the loss of my friend," Paisley wrote. "I can't find adequate words."

"How can this be??? Another dear friend & legend gone?!! @JoeDiffieOnline has passed away from Coronavirus. He was an incredible talent, loyal friend & one of the best souls you’d ever want to meet," Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus tweeted.

Diffie was also an influence to a number of artists, such as Chris Young, who said: "I used to drive back and forth from Texas to TN listening to nothing but @JoeDiffieOnline songs... I was lucky to get to know him."

See their reactions and remembrances of Diffie below.

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