George Strait: "RIP in George Jones THANK YOU for everything!!"
Toby Keith: "George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he'd live forever. Let's break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family."
Trace Adkins: " George Jones was my friend, and I loved him. His presence, made me smile."
Garth Brooks calls him "the greatest voice ever to grace country music."
Merle Haggard: "The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived."
Alan Jackson: "Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music," While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I've known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music. There'll never be another."
Loretta Lynn:“It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”
Barbara Mandrell: "I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say 'George Jones.' He was without question and by far the best! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."
Tracy Lawrence: "I am so saddened by the news of George Jones's passing. He was a wonderful friend, and I will always treasure the times we had together. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on country music and inspired us all. I will miss him. God bless you, George."
Trisha Yearwood: "The Yearwood-Brooks household is sad today. Rest in peace, George Jones. Our hearts go out to Nancy and family. There are some shoes that just can't be filled."
Dolly Parton: “My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and the rest of his family.”
Faith Hill: "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened.
Vince Gill: "There aren't words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I'll miss my kind and generous friend."
Martina McBride: "The reality and sadness of losing George Jones just kept hitting me in waves all day today," she wrote. "I was so moved reading everyone's tweets and tributes. And how great was it to hear George on the radio again?! It made me realize that I hadn't heard George Jones on the radio once in the past 10 years. That, my friends, is just plain wrong. But that's a whole other discussion. George Jones was and forever is an enduring iconic symbol of country music," she continued. "He was ours. There is no other voice like his. Few people knew (or know) their way around a country song like him. He just plain knew what he was doing. He was a stylist, but that voice was authentic ... never gimmicky. Just full of emotion. You can hear his influence in nearly every country singer since. And his voice and legacy will live on forever. Today was truly the end of an era."
Kix Brooks: "Possum, angels got a serious lead singer today -- what a guy -- what a voice -- that was one hell of a show!"
Ronnie Dunn: "The greatest country blues singer to ever live"
Bill Anderson: "So sad to hear the news about George Jones' passing. He was the definitive country singer, and I was proud to call him a friend. Who's gonna fill his shoes? Nobody ... at least not for a long, long time. Rest in peace, my friend."
Charlie Daniels: "Rest in peace George Jones, There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."
Ricky Skaggs: "The country music singer of all time. The words 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' has never been more true than today."
Mel Tillis: "I met George when he came to Nashville and we became good friends. I'm really going to miss him. The world has lost the greatest singer to have ever lived."
Pam Tillis: "Country music as we know it would be vastly different if it weren't for George Jones. He's in our musical DNA. All country artists will have to figure out how to even begin to live up to his kind of legacy. 'Honky-Tonk Heaven,' here he comes ... though we're not ready to let go."
Songwriter Bobby Braddock, who provided Jones with 29 songs over the decades, says, "No one in country music has influenced so many other artists."
Mark Chesnutt: "He was my mentor and my teacher," he said. "He paved the way for so many, and I was one of the lucky ones to have enjoyed the opportunity to not only sing beside him, but just sit and visit with him. When I was just starting out, we toured together. He was the headliner. After a few shows, he told me that I was going to close the shows because he wanted to watch Andy Griffith."
Billy Dean: "George Jones was a mentor and a giant to my generation of country singers. He was there for my first Ralph Emery Show appearance. Backstage, I was so nervous and expressed concern to George that if Ralph Emery didn't like me, my career may never get off the ground. The first thing George said to Ralph when they went on air was how nice of guy he thought I was. George Jones was our country music soul singer, no doubt."
Lorrie Morgan: "With tear-filled eyes, I'm reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones," she said. "He was part of my country music education. He made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song's best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did."
Sammy Kershaw: "I have been inspired by his music for the last 50 years, and for 42 of those, I had the pleasure of knowing him personally and professionally. He was it to me. George was and will always be my guy. I am luckier than a lot of people on this Earth because God let me be a part of George's life and him a part of mine."