Pride, 86, who was the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, his publicist confirmed.
Dolly Parton and a string of celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the musician.
"It’s even worse to know that he passed away from Covid-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you.
He was lucky to get his career underway before bullshit notions like cultural appropriation got their feet under the table.