THE country music world is mourning the loss of John Prine.
The singer passed away aged 73 after battling coronavirus - he leaves behind his wife Fiona Whelan.
Who is John Prine's wife Fiona Whelan?
72-year-old Fiona was born in Ireland on August 4, 1947.
When she was younger, she worked as a recording-studio business manager in Dublin.
After John’s longtime manager Al Bunetta passed away in 2015, Fiona stepped in as John’s full fledged manager.
In an interview with Country Thang Daily, John said: “[Al Bunetta] ran my record company and we did everything together, so when he died it was a case of do we continue or sell it or what? So Fiona stepped in and started managing me and Jody came and ran the record company.”
How did Fiona Whelna meet John Prine?
Fiona met John in 1988 at an after-party at the Blooms Hotel in Dublin when he was touring Ireland.
John said to Country Thang Daily about meeting Fiona: "I was at this bar trying to get a drink, and I was 14 people back. I had my guitar with me. I couldn’t get to the front, so I went around to the other side. And there was this Irish actress at the end—she said to me, ‘C’mere, John Prine, there’s someone I want you to meet.’ It was Fiona."
They kept in touch for years until Fiona moved to the US in 1993.
The two then tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Nashville in 1996.
Do Fiona Whelan and John Prine have children?
Fiona has two children with John and one from another relationship.
In 1994, the they had their first child together, Jack.
A year later, they had their second son together, Tommy.
Fiona had a son named Jody from a previous relationship, and John later adopted him as his own.
Both Jack and Tommy play guitar and sing, and Jody runs John’s record label, Oh Boy Records.
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Did FIona Whelan have coronavirus as well?
On March 17, 2020 Fiona posted on social media that she had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
She said that John had been tested for the coronavirus as well and they isolated themselves from each other after she tested positive.
On March 30, Fiona took to Twitter to reveal that she had recovered from COVID-19.
Unfortunately on April 7, 2020 John lost his battle with the illness.