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Maren Morris took To Twitter to ask what some have been thinking after the news broke  (12/12) of the death of country legend Charley Pride, who died of COVID-19.

It is just one month and one day since Pride performed and was honored at the CMA Awards in Nashville, where they boasted that it was the first award show in 2020 where there was a live audience of country stars who were nominated and or performing.

Maren posted to Twitter, “I don’t want to jump to conclusions because no family statement has been made, but if this was a result of the CMAs being indoors, we should all be outraged. Rest in power, Charley.”

She then posted an explicit Tweet saying.”F— this F—ingyear.”

Meanwhile, The CMA put out a statement on Charley’s death saying, “To say Country Music has lost a trailblazer is an obvious understatement, but in fact one of the biggest losses is Charley’s definitive Country voice. I remember working with Charley in 2009 on ‘Country Music: In Performance at the White House’ when President and Michelle Obama invited several Country artists to perform. He was a trailblazer in so many ways. It was a special night and Charley was telling amazing stories. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Rozene and the rest of his family and friends at this sad time.”

In a separate statement, the CMAs said, “Everyone affiliated with the CMA Awards followed strict testing protocols outlined by the city health department and unions. Charley was tested prior to traveling to Nashville. He was tested upon landing in Nashville, and again on show day, with all tests coming back negative. After returning to Texas following the CMA Awards, Charley again tested negative multiple times. All of us in the Country Music community are heartbroken by Charley’s passing. Out of respect for his family during their grieving period, we will not be commenting on this further.”

Gallery: Charley Pride

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