The legendary singer died in Dallas on Saturday at the age of 86. He had performed at the 54th Annal CMA Awards in Nashville on November 11.
Some performers wondered if Pride could have been infected during the show. No audience was present, but the nominees and performers, as well as the guests, sat at socially distant tables.
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions because no family statement was made, but if that was the result of the CMAs being inside, we should all be outraged,” laureate Maren Morris wrote in a tweet now deleted.
Singer Mickey Guyton tweeted: “We need answers on how Charley Pride got Covid. “
“Charley was tested before going to Nashville. He was tested on landing in Nashville, and again on the day of the show, all tests coming back negative, ”the statement continued. “After returning to Texas after the CMA Awards, Charley tested negative again on several occasions. All members of the Country Music community are heartbroken by Charley’s passing. ”
“Out of respect for his family during their time of mourning, we will not comment on this,” the statement concluded.