What Was Joe Diffie’s Net Worth at the Time of His Death?

Country music singer Joe Diffie passed away on March 29, 2020, at the age of 61. He reportedly died from coronavirus complications. Here’s a look at Joe Diffie’s net worth, life, and career.

Joe Diffie’s death

Joe Diffie |  Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi's Rock The South
Joe Diffie | Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi’s Rock The South

Just two days before Joe Diffie’s death, he announced he was being treated for COVID-19. Diffie said he was receiving medical attention and he reminded his followers to be “vigilant, cautious, and careful,” during the pandemic. On March 29, Diffie’s wife, Tara, posted the news of her husband’s death. “It’s with a sad heart that I have to post this,” she wrote on the singer’s official Instagram account.

A job layoff prompted Joe Diffie to move to Nashville

During an interview with 95.5 New Country radio, Diffie discussed how he got his start as a professional country music singer. He said he always had a love for music, so he decided to go to Nashville to pursue his career.

I’ve always loved music and my family is pretty musical. Several family members sang, my dad played guitar and banjo, and piano, and all kinds of stuff. So, I’ve always had an interest and love for it. But until I got out and started singing in different groups and whatnot it didn’t really hit me. I never thought I could do it professionally.

In one of those weird twists of fate I got laid off from the job I had, and I thought, ‘You know what? I’m just going to go to Nashville because I’ve always loved [music] and everybody tells me I’m good, so I’m going to go try it.’ That’s kind of how it started.

The host commented on how Diffie “owned the 90s.” During that time, you were likely to hear one of Diffie’s songs on country music radio wherever you went. The singer says the experience was surreal. “It didn’t seem real at times,” said Diffie in his radio interview. “It was a lot of fun and it was a good time. I’m glad to have been a part of that.”

Joe Diffie’s awards

Joe Diffie in 2013 |  Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Joe Diffie in 2013 | Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Diffie received many recognitions for his talent. In 1993, he won a Country Music Association Award for the song “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair.” In 1998, Diffie received a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Same Old Train.” He was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and had been a Grand Ole Opry member for 25 years.

Joe Diffie’s music

Joe Diffie at Kicker Country Stampede | Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Neste Event Marketing
Joe Diffie at Kicker Country Stampede | Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Neste Event Marketing

In 1990, Diffie signed on with Epic Records. That year, he landed his first hit song, titled “Home.” The country singer is also known for the hits “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” and “Pickup Man.” Diffie had 35 singles on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart between 1990 and 2004.

Joe Diffie’s net worth

At the time of his death, Joe Diffie had a net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

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