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Country Singer Jimmy Dean Dies

Country Singer Jimmy Dean Dies
Country legend Jimmy Dean died at 7:54 pm on June 13 at the age of 81, the Associated Press is reporting. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said he died at their Henrio County, Virginia, home while he was eating in front of the television. She added that it was a shock, because even though he had health problems, he was still “functioning well.” While Dean is remembered most for his Grammy-winning song ‘Big Bad John,’ he started his career in the 1950s on his nationally televised show ’The Jimmy Dean’ show. He became an entrepreneur in 1969 when he started his sausage business, the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. Dean sold the brand to the Sara [...]
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The Jimmy Dean Show: Singer Jimmy Dean Dies at 81

A business entrepreneur, singer, and TV show host, Jimmy Dean has passed away of natural causes. He died yesterday in Virginia's Henrico County at the age of 81.

Born in 1928, Dean became a star of country music in the 1950s and '60s and ended up helping the careers of talents like Patsy Cline and Roy Clark. One of his biggest songs, "Big Bad John," was released in 1961 and he won a Grammy for it.

In the early 1960s, Dean guest-hosted The Tonight Show. In 1963, he began hosting his own primetime variety program called The Jimmy Dean Show. The ABC series ran for three seasons. The show is most notable for Dean's regular comedy sketches and songs with Rowlf the Dog, a Muppet performed by Jim Henson. The partnership was beneficial for both sides. The steady income helped a pre-Sesame Street
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Jimmy Dean, Country Music Singer and Breakfast Sausage King, Dead at 81

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Jimmy Dean, Country Music Singer and Breakfast Sausage King, Dead at 81
By Dylan Stableford

Jimmy Dean – country music singer, actor and breakfast sausage king – died on Sunday. He was 81.

Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded several hits, including “Bummin Around” and 1961’s “Big Bad John” for which he won a Grammy.

He also had a television show, "Country Style," in the 1950s on CBS.

But Dean was perhaps best known for his brand of breakfast sausages, which he launched in ...
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Country Star & Sausage King Jimmy Dean Dead at 81

Country music and TV star Jimmy Dean, best known to many as the king of all things sausage, is dead at the age of 81. Jimmy Dean died Sunday evening at his home in Varina, Virginia.

Jimmy Dean

Sunday evening, Jimmy Dean reportedly sat down to watch TV and eat dinner with his wife, Donna Meade Dean. After leaving the room for a few minutes, Dean’s wife returned to find him unconscious and unresponsive. According to CNN, Dean reportedly died of natural causes.

In the country music world, Jimmy Dean made it big in 1961 with “Big Bad John,” which reached number one on both the country and pop charts. The song also garnered a Grammy Award. Dean quickly moved to television, launching The Jimmy Dean Show on ABC in 1963. Dean also frequently appeared on NBC’s Daniel Boone as Boone’s friend Josh Clements.

In 1969, Dean founded the Jimmy Dean Meat Company,
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Jimmy Dean, The Multitalented Country Singer, Dies At 81

Jimmy Dean, The Multitalented Country Singer, Dies At 81
June 14, 2010: The versatile country singer, Jimmy Dean, who is also known as a television host, actor and businessman, has passed away on Sunday night at the age of 81. He took his last breath at his home in Varina, Virginia.

His success as a sausage pitchman will be cherished by his fans. He died naturally without suffering from any kind of illness.

Jimmy Dean’s first mark in Hollywood was in country music. His numbers became super hit and topped in the country charts in 1961. The song ‘Big Bad John’ took him to the top, which is about a strange, Paul Bunyan-esque coal miner.

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Jimmy Dean, Country Legend and Sausage King, Dead at 81

Jimmy Dean, Country Legend and Sausage King, Dead at 81
Jimmy Dean, the Country Music Hall of Famer who later in life became equally famous as the purveyor of his own brand of breakfast sausage, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, told the Associated Press Dean died of natural causes in front of the TV set in their Virginia home while she was out of the room. As a country crooner, Dean scored a number one smash hit in 1961 with "Big Bad John," which paid tribute to a mysterious miner who saves 20 men after a mine accident. The song went on to win a Grammy for Best Country and Western Recording. The entertainer also forged a successful career in television, hosting his own variety program, The Jimmy Dean Show, in the ...
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Jimmy Dean dies at 81

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Jimmy Dean, country music singer and sausage king, has died at the age of 81 in his Virginia home. Dean had one smash hit in 1961 with "Big Bad John," a song about a quiet, working-class miner who saves his colleagues in a cave-in but is himself lost. It won Dean a Grammy.

Dean was also on various television programs in the '50s and '60s, including "The Jimmy Dean Show," which started on CBS and then moved to ABC from 1963 to 1966. In 1969, he started the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in his hometown, though the company was sold to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984, which famously dropped Dean as its spokesperson in 2003.

Besides wife Donna Meade Dean, Dean is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Arrangements have not be made for the funeral, but it will be a private service, Meade tells the Associated Press.

And just because it's a song
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Jimmy Dean, Country Star And Sausage King, Dead at 81

Country Music Hall of Famer was a singer, TV host and actor before launching Jimmy Dean Meat.

By Gil Kaufman

Jimmy Dean

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Country singer Jimmy Dean, whose career as a storyteller was equaled later in life by his success as a sausage pitchman, died at his home in Varina, Virginia, on Sunday night at the age of 81. According to CNN, the Country Music Hall of Famer apparently died of natural causes.

Though later in life his name was most familiar for his famous line of smoked sausages, Dean made his mark first in the world of country music, scoring a #1 hit on the pop and country charts in 1961 with the song "Big Bad John," a tune about a mysterious, Paul Bunyan-esque coal miner who saves his fellow workers after a mine collapse. Written with country legend Roy Acuff, the million-selling song won a 1962 Grammy
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Country star Jimmy Dean dies, aged 81

Country star Jimmy Dean dies, aged 81
Country music star Jimmy Dean has died, aged 81. The singer passed away at his home in Henrico County, Va, on Sunday, says The AP. "He was amazing. He had a lot of talents," his wife Donna Meade Dean is quoted as saying. His most famous song was the 1961 track 'Big Bad John', which told the story of a coal miner and earned him a Grammy Award. He also starred in programmes (more)
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Jimmy Dean Died Before Inducted to Hall of Fame

Country music legend Jimmy Dean has died at the age of 81. The singer passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 13 evening at his home in Varina, Virginia, according to his wife, Donna Meade Dean. Donna has revealed she left her husband eating in front of the television, but when she returned he had lost consciousness.

Dean was pronounced dead later that evening. A spokesman for the Henrico County Police department tells CNN.com Dean's death appears to be the result of natural causes.

Dean made his first foray into showbusiness after leaving the U.S. airforce in the 1940s, hosting a radio show and forming a band called the Texas Wildcats. In the 1950s he hosted a series of TV shows before scoring a number one hit in America with 1961's "Big Bad John" - the song that won Dean a Grammy Award.

Dean scored several more chart hits in the
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Jimmy Dean Dead at 81

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Jimmy Dean Dead at 81
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Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, 'Big Bad John,' and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.

She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

"He was amazing," she said. "He had a lot of talents."

Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. He went on to a successful entertainment career in the 1950s
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Jimmy Dean Dies at 81

Jimmy Dean Dies at 81
Country music legend Jimmy Dean, who sang the country crossover hit "Big Bad John" and later became known for his sausage brand, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 81.

Dean died Sunday at his home on his 200-acre estate near Richmond, Va., wife Donna Meade Dean told the AP. Though he had health problems, she said his death came as a shock because ...

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