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Legendary Country Singer Joe Bonsall Dead At 76

Famed Oak Ridge Boys singer Joe Bonsall died Tuesday at the age of 76.

The iconic country/gospel singer is believed to have died from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Release a statement The band made the announcement on their official Instagram page, paying tribute to their friend and bandmate of five decades, citing his many talents and accolades.

“Joe was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame,” the band wrote.

They also spoke about Bonsall's many talents outside of music and his deep love for his family.

“Joseph is also the author of 11 books, including his latest, 'I See Myself,' which will be released in November,” they said in a statement.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 5: Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys perform at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 5, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

“Joe loved to sing. He loved to read. He loved to write. He loved to play the banjo. He loved to work on the farm. And he loved the Philadelphia Phillies,” they said.

“But Jesus and his family will always come first, and we will see him again on the promised day.”

The statement told fans that, in accordance with Bonsall's wishes, there would be no funeral.

“In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association or the Vanderbilt Medical Center ALS and Neuroscience Research Center,” they said.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 08: William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys attend the 2016 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images, Courtesy of CMT)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 08: William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys attend the 2016 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images, Courtesy of CMT)

According to the statement, the talented star is survived by his “wife Mary Ann, daughters Jennifer and Sabrina, granddaughter Breanne, grandson Luke, two great-grandchildren Chance and Grey, and his sister Nancy.” (Related: Joan Benedict dies at age 96)

Fans continue to pay tribute to Bonsall on social media, sharing messages of grief and gratitude for the star.

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