Jimmy DeanJimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, 'Big Bad John,' and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.

She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 PM.

"He was amazing," she said. "He had a lot of talents."