The death has taken place of country music legend Big Tom.

The 81-year old from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan passed away this morning in hospital surrounded by family members.

Big Tom McBride started out in the music business in 1966, fronting Big Tom and the Mainliners and was known as Ireland’s King of Country Music.

In June 2016, he was the first artist to be inducted into the Irish Country Music Hall of Fame.

His family have just confirmed that he passed away this morning, and say he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.




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