Nine Life Lessons We Learned From George Jones (1931-2013)

The country music world truly lost one of its biggest badasses today when the legendary George Jones passed away this morning at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital. He was 81 years old.

The Possum, as he was known to countless, leaves behind a towering legacy in country, a long and troubled life filled with wrecked marriages and lengthy history of substance alcoholism, and -- ultimately -- a voluminously exhaustive discography of glorious, heartbreak-laden music that such tumultuousnes inspired.

By the numbers alone, Jones was incomporable.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.