Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Dies at 81

Grand Ole Opry and future Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Ed Brown lost has his battle with lung cancer.

The 81-year-old died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. on Friday, June 12. Brown revealed he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer late last year. A few months later, after aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment, doctors told Brown that the cancer was in remission.

Just last week, Brown’s daughter revealed that his cancer had returned through a message on the singer’s official Facebook page.

Jim Ed Brown rose to country music stardom alongside his sisters as The Browns. The group released a string of hits in the 1950s. Over the next two decades, Brown found fame as a solo artist with chart-topping singles including the classic “Pop a Top,” which was later rerecorded by Alan Jackson.

Brown became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, and will be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.

“The Grand Ole Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jim Ed’s passing,” Pete Fisher, Vice President, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, said in a statement. “While we will miss his kind heart and gentle nature, we will remember and celebrate one of music’s smoothest and most beloved voices ever.”

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Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Dies at 81