Jim Ed Brown succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 81. He was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in autumn, in recognition of a significant contribution to country music over a remarkable career.
Brown started his singing career with his sisters, Bonnie and Maxine. Their group was called, The Browns, which met fame and success in the 1950’s.
Brown went solo in the mid-50’s and started to become successful as a country music singer, with hits like, “Pop a Top“.
He also had duet hits with Helen Cornelius, another country music singer, a songwriter, and an actress.
Bobby Bare, music producer, and Brown’s long-time pal, related to Reuters, “He had class and he had style and he had a great voice… He was a real artist.”
Being informed about his becoming a Hall of Famer, Brown had uttered the words: “Fame is fleeting, hit records change every week, award show winners and nominees change every year, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be forever.”
Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer mortality in the United States. The death toll from lung cancer outnumbers the total deaths of those people who died from cancer of the breast, colon, prostrate, and ovary, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Lung cancer is also the world’s most common cancer, with 1.8 million new cases and 1.6 million deaths in 2012, based on the records of the American Lung Association. Smoking remains the number one contributor to the development of the condition worldwide.
Brown’s death has been met with a groundswell of condolences and good wishes, recognizing the contributions of both the artist, and the man, to the many millions of lives he touched.