Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was with his wife, Donna, at the time of his death, which appears to be from natural causes, said R.J. Clark of the Henrico County Police department.
Musically, Dean is best known for his song “Big Bad John,” which made it to No. 1 on both the country and pop charts in 1961 and was honored with a Grammy. His narrative style of song also produced hits like “Little Black Book” and “P.T. 109” — a song about John F. Kennedy’s command in the South Pacific during World War II.