Little Jimmy Dickens: Oldest Member of Grand Ole Opry Dies at 94

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Musician Little Jimmy Dickens performs during day 2 of Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival on April 25, 2010 in Indio. (Credit: Getty Images)

Beloved country music legend known by millions of fans as Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday at a Nashville area hospital, according to the Grand Ole Opry.

He was 94.

Dickens, who was born James Cecil Dickens, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and died Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest, the Opry reported on its website.

According to the Opry, Dickens was its longest running member, joining the historic music show in 1948.

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His last performance at the venue was on Dec. 20, 2014, when he sang “Out Behind The Barn,” according to the Opry.

Country singer Brad Paisley tweeted about the impact Dickens had on his life and career.