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June 14, 2010

Country Music Legend Jimmy Dean Dies at His Virginia Home ~ 1928-2010


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Jimmy Dean: 1928-2010

Country music legend dies at his Virginia home

The legendary country singer Jimmy Dean has passed away unexpectedly in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 81. Dean is best known for his hit song “Big Bad John” and for the sausage company he started that bears his name.

CBS News: Country music singer and business entrepreneur Jimmy Dean has died at the age of 81.

The country music legend, singer, television host, actor, and businessman died Sunday night inside his Henrico (Va.) home overlooking the James River, reports CBS station WTVR in Richmond.

The station spoke with Dean’s wife, Donna, Sunday night. She was grieving and said the following:

“I definitely need my privacy right now, and am not available for interviews. My husband died of natural causes, and funeral services are pending”.

Donna Dean told the station her husband died at 7:54 p.m. Sunday night.

She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive.

"He was amazing," she said. "He had a lot of talents."

Four months ago, Dean, who had a number one hit "Big Bad John" in 1961, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. He went on to a successful entertainment career in the 1950s and '60s that included the nationally televised "The Jimmy Dean Show."

In 1969, Dean went into the sausage business, starting the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in his hometown. He sold the company to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.

Dean lived in semiretirement with his wife, who is a songwriter and recording artist, on their 200-acre estate just outside Richmond, where he enjoyed investing, boating and watching the sun set over the James River.

In 2009 a fire gutted their home, but his Grammy for "Big Bad John," a puppet made by Muppets creator Jim Henson, a clock that had belonged to Prince Charles and Princess Diana and other valuables were saved. Lost were a collection of celebrity-autographed books, posters of Dean with Elvis Presley and other prized possessions.


Wild Thing's comment........

I’m sorry to hear this....RIP Big Jim!

May God bless his family.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 14, 2010 05:40 AM