Country music industry has lost one of its legends. Bluegrass icon Earl Scruggs, who popularized a 3-finger banjo-picking style, passed away on Wednesday, March 28 morning. According to his son Gary, the Country Music Hall of Famer died of natural causes at the age of 88 in a Nashville, Tennessee hospital.
As news of Scruggs' passing spread, condolences began to pour in from the country music world. Grand Ole Opry tweeted, "We're saddened by Earl Scruggs' passing. He truly helped create the bluegrass sound & we're forever grateful. Prayers for his family," while singer Chely Wright simply wrote, "Rest In Peace, Earl Scruggs. A member of a lovely, talented family."