'It's What He Would Have Wanted': George Jones Funeral To Be Open To Public

The country singer passed away last week at the age of 81

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George Jones' family have chosen to allow his funeral on Thursday to be open to the public as the late country star would have wanted his fans to have the chance to attend and pay their respects.

The iconic singer passed away on Friday morning at the age of 81 at a Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville where he was being treated for irregular blood pressure and a fever, shortly after cancelling the remainder of his tour which he previously announced would be his last.

George Jones passed away last week at the age of 81 (WENN)

The funeral for the county star will take place on Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and it has been confirmed that the singer's fans will be able to attend after his family decided to leave it open to the public.

A statement released by Jones' publicist, Kirt Webster, read: “George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family.”

Jones' widow Nancy, whom he was married to for 30 years, added: “Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time. I love you all.”

Jones wowed the country world with his heartwarming lyrics and soon clocked up a series of number one singles and successful albums including 'Walk Through This World With Me' and the chart-topping 'I'm A People.'

Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992 and was a Grand Ole Opry member and a Kennedy Center Honoree.

The funeral will take place at 10am on Thursday while a private visitation will be held on Wednesday for Jones' family, friends and performers.