Tributes have begun pouring in for the legendary country music singer Big Tom, who has died today aged 81. 

Big Tom McBride passed away this morning surrounded by family, just months after his wife Rose died in January.

The Monaghan man’s career spanned over 50 years on the Irish country music scene. He was the iconic frontman of Big Tom and the Mainliners and is best known for his hits including ‘Four Country Roads’ and ‘Gentle Mother’. In 2016, he became the first inductee into Ireland’s Country Music Hall of Fame.

Known as a gentle giant in the music industry, Big Tom is being fondly remembered through tributes from fellow Irish country stars.

Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell led tributes with a touching post, saying: “So sad to hear of Big Tom’s passing. The memories that he has left us will never fade. My deepest sympathies to all his family. Today I am sure he is reunited with Rose. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”

Daniel O’Donnell and Big Tom performed at the Inishowen Flood Aid

“He was a pillar, we all referred to him as the King,” Daniel told RTE Radio 1.

Declan Nerney, Margo and Lisa McHugh are among those remembering the popular singer today.