Legendary country music pioneer was just announced dead. This is heartbreaking…
Country music legend Mel Tillis has passed away leaving thousands in tears. His publicist made the announcement sharing that Tillis died early Sunday morning (November 19.)
Tillis was at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida at the time of his death. Meanwhile, you may know that Tillis was battling serious health issues, more specifically intestinal issues for quite some time.
He has been dealing with these issues since early 2016 and unfortunately was never able to recover. As of now, they are thinking his cause of death is respiratory failure. Furthermore, Tillis was 85 at the time of his death, and we are heartbroken to see him go.
Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida, on August 8, 1932. Furthermore, his career in country music was over 6 decades long.
In his time in the industry, Tillis has recorded more than 60 albums. He has had 35 Top Ten singles, 6 #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”),.
The country star was also named the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 1976. And in 2007 Tillis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
More than 600 of his tunes have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. -CR
Willis is survived by his six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco).
RIP Mel. You will be missed.