The Grand Ole Opry is like a second home for country star Carrie Underwood and last week the Opry sadly lost a long-time member of the family.
Little Jimmy Dickens suffered cardiac arrest and passed away in Nashville on Jan. 2. He'd originally been admitted to the hospital for a stroke on Dec. 25. The 94-year-old had been the oldest member of the Opry and upon hearing of his death Underwood posted a touching message for her friend on Twitter.
I know why it's raining in Nashville. Little Jimmy is in heaven now making the Angels laugh so hard, they're crying. We'll miss you, friend!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 3, 2015
In Nashville the Opry echoed her sentiments when Vice President Pete Fisher released a statement to Taste Of Country on Jan. 2. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens," declared Fisher. "He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-a-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."
Underwood has always felt a meaningful connection with the Opry and her fellow members. Dickens death was a tragic blow for the community.
Back in September Underwood announced that she and husband Mike Fisher, who plays in the NHL for the Nashville Predators, are expecting their first child. The country star is expected to give birth this spring, though she and her beau are keeping the exact due date a secret for the time being.