Country Legend David Allan Coe Hospitalized with Covid-19

81-year-old Outlaw country legend David Allan Coe is currently in the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. He is receiving treatment, including oxygen, high doses of vitamins, and is being fed intravenously. But Coe is not currently intubated, is said to be awake, alert, and talking to doctors according to his wife Kim and a family friend. His condition is said to be improving.

It was first announced on August 16th that live appearances by David Allan Coe scheduled for August 20th and 21st would be postponed due to concerns over rising cases of Covid-19. “This was a very difficult decision, but one that was made with the safety of the band and crew, and you, the fans, at the heart of our concerns. We will work with the venues to reschedule the show and notify you of any updates,” a statement said.

Then it was announced on August 20th that all remaining shows in August and September had been postponed as Coe, his wife Kimberly, and the family had tested positive for Covid-19. Both Kimberly’s son and grandson tested positive for the Delta variant as well, and have been recuperating at their home in Ormond Beach, Florida.

David Allan Coe also cancelled and postponed some dates in July due to an undisclosed illness. “Rescheduled dates and more information will be posted as soon as possible,” a statement says.

Born in Akron, Ohio, David Allan Coe spent much of his youth and young adult life in and out of reform schools before getting out of prison for good in 1967, and moving to Nashville to pursue a country music career. Writing Tanya Tucker’s #1 hit “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” in 1973 put Coe on the radar of Music Row, and by the next year he was signed with Columbia Records, and became part of country music’s “Outlaw” movement, releasing his signature song “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” in 1975 co-written by Steve Goodman and John Prine.

Coe has had numerous ailments over the years, including needing knee replacement surgery in April 2019. He was also diagnosed with an inner ear infection in February of 2018 that was first falsely reported as a stroke. Up to his recent hospitalization for Covid-19, Coe continued to tour and perform regularly.

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