Music legend Prophet dies

A country music legend with ties to Kelowna has passed away.

Ronnie Prophet died Friday morning at his home in Florida following cardiac and kidney failure.

He was 80 years old.

For a short time in the early 1980s, Prophet allowed his name to be associated with what is Kelowna's longest running nightclub.

Weninger's Post House was renamed Ronnie Prophet's Ranch House before it was sold to Terry Beeton and renamed the OK Corral.

Prophet's passing was announced by a family friend on Facebook earlier today.

His wife, Glory-Anne also took to Facebook to express her grief:

"There are no words to express the heartache of losing my best friend and the love of my life. Ronnie’s sense of humour has sustained me through the years no matter the circumstances even to the very last. Chet Atkins music was playing softly in the background till he left us for his heavenly home this morning at 8:40. He loved life, + friends, family + his fans were so important to him. His passion for music was part of who he was and it was always his wish to keep people smiling wherever he went. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words. I will continue to read them and they will help my grieving heart of losing him but knowing that he was loved and will be missed by others. God bless you all."

Prophet rose to prominence in the early 1970s with a number of hits and hosted several programs in Canada, including the Ronnie Prophet Show.

He recorded more than 25 albums and had five charted singles during the 70s.

His biggest success came with his wife. Together they recorded "If This Is Love" and "I'm Glad We're Bad at Something."

Prophet won two Juno's as Canada's country music male vocalist of the year in 1978 and 1979. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

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