Joe Bonsall Dies at 76: Remembering the Oak Ridge Boys Legend

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Joe Bonsall Dies: A Tribute to the Oak Ridge Boys Legend

Joe Bonsall dies at 76 his management team announced on Tuesday,

who departed from the iconic singing group The Oak Ridge Boys in January after 50 years due to a neuromuscular disorder.

Bonsall died from complications related to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), according to his representatives. This degenerative nervous system disease impacts nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Joe Bonsall’s Departure from The Oak Ridge Boys

Bonsall announced on social media about six months ago that he was leaving the group. "Many of you know I have been battling a slow onset (over 4 years now) of a neuromuscular disorder," he wrote.

"I am now at a point where walking is impossible, so I have essentially retired from touring. It has just become too difficult." Bonsall expressed his gratitude for "a great 50 years" and thanked the Oak Ridge Boys band, crew, and staff for their unwavering love and support.

Joe Bonsall’s Legacy with The Oak Ridge Boys

The country and gospel quartet, originally founded in 1943 in Tennessee, are known for hits such as "Elvira" and "American Made." Bonsall joined the group in 1973.

During his extensive career, Joe Bonsall became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He also authored 11 books, including a memoir titled "I See Myself: Musings and Memories of a Blessed Life," set to be published in November.

Joe Bonsall’s Personal Life and Passions

“Joe loved to sing. He loved to read. He loved to write,” read the announcement from his management. “He loved playing the banjo.

He loved working on the farm. And he loved the Philadelphia Phillies. But Jesus and his family always came first—and we will see him again on the Promised Day.”

Bonsall is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, daughters Jennifer and Sabrina, granddaughter Breanne, grandson Luke, two great-grandsons, Chance and Grey, and a sister, Nancy.

Memorial Donations in Honor of Joe Bonsall

At his request, there will be no funeral. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS Association or the Vanderbilt Medical Center ALS and Neuroscience Research Center.

Joe Bonsall's death marks the end of an era for The Oak Ridge Boys and their fans. His legacy and contributions to music and his community will be remembered and cherished by many.

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