George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk emotion and a life full of turmoil, died on Friday at the age of 81. Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades, had been hospitalized since April 18. Alcohol and cocaine frequently derailed his career and at one point his reputation for canceling performances earned him the nickname No-Show Jones. Jones was still touring last year, although health problems forced him to postpone shows.
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