After being hospitalized for COVID-19 on March 26 and intubated two days later, the musician died at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, a representative confirmed on behalf of Prine’s family to PEOPLE. His wife of 23 years, Fiona Whelan Prine, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in March and had been keeping fans updated about Prine’s condition while he was in the hospital. A two-time cancer survivor, Prine released his last album, The Tree of Forgiveness, in 2018. He is survived by Fiona and their three children. The Detroit Tigers baseball legend died at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on April 6, according to the Detroit Free Press. He was 85.
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His cause of death was not released, though a family friend told The Detroit News that Kaline had recently suffered a stroke. “It’s with a heavy heart that the Detroit Tigers confirm Al Kaline has passed away at the age of 85. One of the most distinguished and decorated players in the history of baseball, ‘Mr. Tiger’ was one of the greatest to ever wear the Olde English ‘D,'” a statement from the Detroit Tigers, obtained by PEOPLE, read. “The Hall of Famer has been a pillar of our organization for 67 years, beginning with his Major League debut in 1953 and continuing to present in his duties as Special Assistant to the General Manager. Our thoughts are with Mr. Kaline’s wife, Louise, and family now, and forever.”