Charley Pride dies due to COVID-19

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Charley Pride performs onstage during The 54th Annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Charley Pride, who is considered County’s first black superstar, has died due to COVID-19 complications, according to a press release by his publicists.

He was 86 years old.

Pride died Dec. 12, nearly one month after his final performance Nov. 11 at the Country Music Association Awards.

Pride was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

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