June 14th, 2010
01:32 AM ET

Country music legend Jimmy Dean dies

Country music artist and sausage entrepreneur Jimmy Dean died at his home in Varina, Virginia, Sunday evening, police said. He was 81.

Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was with his wife Donna at the time of his death, which appears to be from natural causes, said R.J. Clark of the Henrico County Police department.

Musically, Dean is best known for his song "Big Bad John," which made it to No. 1 on both the country and pop charts in 1961 and was honored with a Grammy. 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.

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  1. Humans First

    Here's one for you PETA kooks: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1306780.php/Pigs_eat_baby_in_Nigeria

    RIP Jimmy.

    June 14, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. giz

    damn, I want to make a big serving of biscuits and gravy now! RIP, Jimmy(Big Bad John was one of my favorite songs as a kid)

    June 14, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patriot in West(by God) Virginia

    UM pig good,

    and so are chickens, cows, deer, fishies, frogs, lambs, and plenty of other animals our Heavenly Father provided us with for consumption.

    lets's not forget squirrels and bunnies

    June 14, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patriot in West(by God) Virginia

    ummm Pig good

    and so are chickens, cows, rabbits, squirrels, deer, lambs, and lets not forget fishies.

    RIP jimmy

    June 14, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Patriot in West(by God) Virginia

    CNN: are we nolonger following a time line?

    June 14, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com R.I.P jIMMY

    June 14, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roger Weise

    C'mon – I like a god pork chop myself once in awhile – but there is no excuse for this butcher. He probably was responsible for the deaths of millions of pigs. If you look good at some of the last pics of jimmy he started to look like a pig – look at the texture of his skin – looks like old pig leather to me. maybe there is some justice in the universe.

    June 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Now that Dean is in the Afterlife, I suspect that– for the very first time– he's aghast at how evil it was to have sent to mercillous slaughter millions and millions of "pigs"–of sentient beings.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. mejazzbo

    I loved this guy! A very entertaining and down-home personality. His music, acting and sausage, all fantastic. RIP Jimmy. You will be missed.

    June 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nick

    From a va. Boy living in Nebraska used to ride the river to look at your house always liked the boots in your front yard r.I.p. Buddy

    June 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
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