Little Jimmy Dickens dies at 94

The ninety-four year old American Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens passed away, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt confirmed. He died of cardiac arrest Friday, January 2 at a Nashville area hospital.

Dickens who stood 4-foot-11 has been a mainstay at the Grand Ole Opry since 1948. His last performance at the Opry was December 20, a day after his 94th birthday celebration. On Christmas Day he was admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke.

“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens.

“He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager.