Updated: 17/04/18 : 09:15:03
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Big Tom - King of County Music dies aged 81

The singer Big Tom McBride, one of the icons of Irish country music, has died at the age of 81.
In a statement, his family said: ''It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father Big Tom McBride (RIP) this morning.

"Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

"May he rest in peace.''

Tom McBride's career spanned over 50 years on the Irish country music scene.

The Monaghan man was inducted into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame in June 2016.