R.I.P. | Celebrity Deaths This Week

hqdefault R.I.P. | Celebrity Deaths This WeekJimmy Dean dies at the age of 81. The country music legend, singer, television host, actor, and businessman died Sunday night inside his Henrico home overlooking the James River.

Four months ago, Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dean had a number one hit “Big Bad John” back in 1961. His narrative style of song also produced hits like “Little Black Book” and “P.T. 109″ – a song about John F. Kennedy’s command in the South Pacific during World War II. He appeared as a reclusive billionaire in the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever”, hosted “The Jimmy Dean Show” and was a regular headliner in Las Vegas and Reno in the mid-60’s.  He also appeared frequently on television, including multiple episodes on “Daniel Boone” (1967-1970) and “Fantasy Island” 1981-1982).

Though born in Texas, Dean lived for many years in a home on the James River in Varina, Virginia. The Deans were rebuilding that home after a fire destroyed it last year.

The country musician is also survived by children Garry, Connie and Robert, who were born during his union with first wife Mary Sue Dean.

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