Jim Ed Brown, a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years and a newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, passed away on June 11th after battling cancer.

In March of this year, Jim Ed and The Browns were announced as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The official induction takes place in October, but CMA CEO Sarah Trahern and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson visited Jim Ed in the hospital just a week before his death to present him with the medallion commemorating his Hall of Fame membership.






FROM CHARLIE:

One of the smoothest voices in country music has been silenced. Jim Ed Brown has lost has battle with cancer at the age of 81.

I saw Jim Ed about 3 months ago and he was feeling so positive about his recovery from lung cancer and the consuming treatment with chemotherapy. He had just released a new cd and was even planning on doing some tour dates in support of it.

Being on stage was something he loved and was so good at doing. He not only had success with his sisters as members of the group the Browns, he had duet success with Helen Cornelius, and of course solo hits including the legendary "Pop a Top, Again". I also recall how smooth he was as a host on The Nashville Network as part of the show You Can Be A Star.

Jim Ed learned earlier this year that he and his sisters were being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. With consideration of his illness, the Hall of Fame sent representatives to visit him in the hospital just days ago, and awarded him his medallion in advance. Jim Ed passed knowing he was loved and his accomplishments appreciated.

On a personal note, above all else, he was just a very nice man and a lot of fun to be around. We are going to miss his wonderful voice and his ever present smile. Rest well.