Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

John Prine

Band: solo performer

Position: singer-songwriter, guitarist

Died: Apr. 7

Cause: Covid-19

Age: 67

Distinctions: Born in Illinois, John Prine released 18 albums from 1971-2018; won Grammys for The Missing Years (1991) and Fair & Square (2005), both in the Contemporary Folk category; his song, "Illegal Smile" (watch below), on his debut self-titled debut album in 1971, has long been regarded as an ode to marijuana. 


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.