Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Country Singer and TV Personality Ronnie Prophet Dead at 80

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Country Singer and TV Personality Ronnie Prophet Dead at 80

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Country star Ronnie Prophet dead at 80

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TORONTO - Canadian country star Ronnie Prophet, who rose to fame in the 1970s through a string of singles and variety TV shows, has died.

The singer's widow Glory-Anne Prophet says in a Facebook post that "there are no words to express the heartache" of losing her "best friend and the love of (her) life."

A family spokesman broke the news with a Facebook post earlier in the day saying Prophet died Friday morning at age 80.

Prophet recorded more than 25 albums and charted five singles during the 1970s on the Billboard Country charts, collecting accolades including the country male vocalist of the year Juno award in 1978 and 1979.

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member was born in Hawkesbury, Ont., and raised in Calumet, Que., and began his career at age 15 in Ottawa before moving to Montreal to sing in various nightclubs.

He made his way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nashville but returned frequently to Canada to tour and host a succession of country music programs. …

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