The Country Music Association (CMA) is now denying having any part in Charley Pride’s COVID-19-related death after he passed away following a positive coronavirus diagnosis. Pride was honored at the 54th annual CMA Awards last month, accepting his Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. However, just a month later, the world saw the sad news that Pride was diagnosed with COVID-19 and could not overcome it.
A statement from both representatives of Pride and the CMA came out soon after. “Everyone affiliated with the CMA Awards followed strict testing protocols outlined by the city health department and unions. Charley was tested prior to traveling to Nashville. He was tested upon landing in Nashville, and again on show day, with all tests coming back negative,” the joint statement begins.
The CMA defends itself, citing the following of safety measures at the awards show last month
The statement continues, “After returning to Texas following the CMA Awards, Charley again tested negative multiple times. All of us in the Country Music community are heartbroken by Charley’s passing. Out of respect for his family during their grieving period, we will not be commenting on this further.”
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