George Jones, Country Singer, Dies At 81

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NASHVILLE, (UPI) —  George Jones, the iconic country music singer known by generations for his distinctive voice and phrasing, died in Nashville Friday at 81, his publicist said.

He had been hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for fever and irregular blood pressure, publicist Kirt Webster said.

Jones was in the middle of a tour that he said would be his last when he fell ill. Several dates had already been canceled.

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