Sad news to report: Country legend Little Jimmy Dickens has passed away at the age of 94. US Weekly reports that the legend suffered from a stroke on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), eventually dying from cardiac arrest today (Jan. 2).

Pete Fisher, the Opry Vice President and General Manager, said to US Weekly via a statement: "The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens. He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-a-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."

Little Jimmy -- who stood at just four feet eleven inches tall -- was reportedly the longest running Grand Ole Opry member, as he joined back in 1948 and last performed as recently as Dec. 20, 2014, as part of his 94th birthday celebration. According to Yahoo, he sang his classic 'Out Behind the Barn' and, as he was known for his humor, delivered some comedy to the crowd.

Our thoughts go out to Little Jimmy's family during this difficult time.

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