Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77.

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Nelson publicist Elaine Schock told The Associated Press she received an email from Payne's granddaughter Saturday saying the guitarist died that morning.

According to a 2011 profile in The Mobile Press-Register, Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 to 2008. He retired to Stapleton, Ala., with his wife Vicki. There he continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.

More details on Payne's death were not immediately available. A call to Payne's home was not answered.

A post on Willie's Nelson's Facebook page about Payne's death Saturday said, "Our friend will be missed."

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