Country music legend John Grenell has left behind a loving wife named Deidre Bruton and four children behind. The veteran musician passed away unexpectedly at the age of 78.
John Grenell, who went by the real name John Denver Hore, was a country music performer and songwriter from New Zealand.
He was a self-taught country singer and performer who achieved his first major success on the national stage in 1959’s “Have a Shot” television contest.
By the time Grenell was 19 years old, his first album, which was released in 1963, had sold 100,000 copies. Since then, he recorded a great deal.
Grenell, a Ranfurly native, had the Jim Reeves song “Welcome To Our World” as a number one hit single in the 1990s. A national TV ad campaign for Toyota vehicles prominently featured the song.
He also had a big hit with the song “I’ve been everywhere,” which was adapted to include many Aotearoa place names. Similarly, he performed in several countries and received numerous country music awards.
Recently, a family member confirmed the death of country music legend John Grenell. It’s heartbreaking to hear that such a legendary singer has passed away.
John Grenell Three Sons and A Daughter With Wife Deidre Bruton
John Grenell’s former wife and lifelong friend, Deirdre Bruton, is the one who confirmed the musician’s death. She claims that John suffered a heart attack and passed away peacefully.
John married Deidre in 1971, and together they have three sons and a daughter. The couple’s all children are musicians; daughter Amiria has even won an NZ Music Award for Best Folk Album of the Year in 2012 for her album Three Feathers.
The family lived in Whitecliffs on a farm in the Canterbury foothills, raising Appaloosa horses. In addition, John was fascinated by the outdoors, particularly high country tussock and watershed areas.
During this difficult time, John’s family asks for privacy and plans a private farewell for him. We pray for his family members and other close relatives to find the strength to bear the pain they are experiencing.
Speaking of his family background, he grew up on the family farm in Kyeburn, where he developed a strong love of rural life, particularly for animals.
When his father died in 1956, his family moved back to Ranfurly. John moved to Dunedin two years later to attend Otago Boys High School.
Furthermore, John has three sisters, Lorraine, Ainslie, and Marilyn, who formed a vocal trio called the “Three H’s” during the Christmas holidays, with backing from their brother John.
John Grenell Died at Age 78: Cause of Death
According to his wife, Deirdre Lusby, the cause of death for country music legend John Grenell was a heart attack.
Similarly, fellow band member, producer, and friend Dave Maybee confirmed that Grenell died in Christchurch on Wednesday evening.
As of now, no information about his other health problems or obituary details has been released.