County Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Legend, Dies of Respiratory Failure

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November 19, 2017Nov 19, 2017

It is a sad day for the world of country music. A Country Music Hall of Famer has died in Ocala, Florida. Reports are now revealing that Mel Tillis passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to reports, doctors believe Tillis passed away due to respiratory failure.

Fans remember Tillis for being a singer, songwriter, comedian, and businessman. Besides being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tillis was also in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Tillis was 85 years old at the time of his death. During his career, Tillis recorded over 60 albums, including 36 Top 10 singles. He also wrote numerous songs that are now regarded as “classics” in the world of country music.

"Mel Tillis was a guy who had it all: He could write, he could sing and he could entertain an audience," said Grand Ole Opry announcer and WSM DJ Eddie Stubbs. "There’s a big difference between a concert and a show. Mel Tillis always put on a show....You always felt good about being around him."

Tillis taught himself to play guitar in high school and quickly realized he had a gift. He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and even sang on the Armed Forces Radio with a band called The Westerners.

Some of his most famous songs are “I’m Tired,” "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)," "Mental Revenge,” "Detroit City," “Holiday for Love,” “Honky Tonk Song,” “Tupelo County Jail,” “I Ain’t Never” and “No Love Have I.”

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His daughter, Pam Tillis, is also famous in the world of country music. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family as they navigate through this difficult time. We ask for God’s healing comfort upon their lives.

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