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Jimmy Dean, Country Legend, Sausage King and Television Star, Dead At 81

Posted by on June 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST

Jimmy Dean, who was a country legend, sausage entrepreneur and television star has died at 81.

jimmy deanLate Sunday evening at his home in Henrico County, Va., Jimmy Dean and his wife Donna Meade Dean were enjoying a quiet night. Things took a turn for the worse in what seemed like a matter of minutes.

Donna, in a statement to the Associated Press said: “he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock.” “Jimmy was eating in front of the television.” “I left the room for a bit and when I came back, he was unresponsive.”

Jimmy Dean was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Dean left behind quite the legacy to his name. He was a country music superstar with his hit single “Big Bad John” which was released in 1961. Apart from dabbling in the country music industry, Dean also had his foot in Television.

He hosted “The Jimmy Dean Show” on ABC. “The Jimmy Dean Show” was a variety hour type show and was the best showcase for country music, in the mid-60s. His T.V. show led him to pursue a short career as an actor.

Jimmy Dean is most remembered for his Jimmy Dean Sausage Company, which he founded in 1969 with his brother Don. Dean was co-owner of the company and the man behind its success. His role in the Jimmy Dean Sausage commercials was what had people hooked on his product. Jimmy and Don went on to sell Jimmy Dean Sausage Company to the Sara Lee Corporation.

Whether it be as a Country Music Legend, Television Star or Sausage Man, Jimmy Dean will always be remembered. Browse all things Jimmy Dean related at Amazon



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