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A country music legend has passed away at the age of 80 YouTube/Backstage Vegas TV

There are many people who have played a vital part in the landscape of the country music industry.

And on March 2, we lost another one.

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Prophet passed away at the age of 80 following cardiac and kidney failure, according to a press release. He died surrounded by friends and family.

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“With a very heavy heart, but with so many fond memories, so very sad to hear the legendary Ronnie Prophet passed away this morning at the age of 80,” read a March 2 entry on Ronnie’s Facebook page posted by friend Dave Bancroft. “The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member was probably the most gifted Canadian country music entertainer to every hit any stage. Chet Atkins once said Ronnie put on the greatest one-man show he had ever seen. My sincere and deepest condolences to [wife] Glory-Anne Prophet, the rest of his family, friends and fans. Godspeed my friend, and thanks so much for the music, the laughs, the interviews and the lessons.”

From 1973 to 1992, the Ontario native charted 23 singles from 30 albums in a career that spanned 60 years, including songs such as “Sanctuary, “Shine On,” “It’s Enough,” “Big Big World” and “It’s Ain’t Easy Lovin’ Me.” He won two Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy, and was nominated for two additional Junos. He was also known for his one man shows, eventually making his way to television sets all across the country via hosting gigs on shows such as CBC’s “Country Roads” (1973), CTV’s “The Ronnie Prophet Show” (1974) and “Grand Old Country” (1975-1980).

When a life ends, it’s not the accomplishments that the person might solely be remembered for. Instead, it’s often the love they spread while they were here on earth.

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“There are no words to express the heartache of losing my best friend and the love of my life,” said Ronnie’s wife, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet, on her Facebook page on March 2. “Ronnie’s sense of humor has sustained me through the years no matter the circumstances even to the very last. Chet Atkins’ music was playing softly in the background till he peacefully left us for his heavenly home this morning at 8:40 He loved life and friends, family and his fans were so important to him. His passion for music was part of who he was and it was always his wish to keep people smiling wherever he went. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words. I will continue to read them, and they will help my grieving heart of losing him but knowing that he was loved and will be missed by others. God bless you all.”

Ronnie will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

We send our condolences to Ronnie’s family, friends and fans.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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