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Preston Hollow neighbor and country music legend Charley Pride passed away last night from COVID-19 according to his publicist, Jeremy Westby. He was 86.

Pride, who was recently awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association, was known for his songs like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” 

A trailblazer for Black artists in the country industry, Pride is considered to be the first Black country superstar. Along with his countless smash hits, his indelible mark on the country industry includes being the first Black host of the CMA Awards, the first Black inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the few Black members of the Grand Ole Opry.

He also inspired and paved the way for countless country artists, many of who shared their condolences on Twitter.

Pride is survived by his wife, Ebby Rozene Cohran Pride, and children, Carlton, Charles and Angela.

The Pride family is asking for donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School or St. Phillips School and Community Center in lieu of flowers and gifts.

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