In Memoriam|

Photo: Kellie Pickler & Kyle Jacobs | By Ellise Shafer, MSN/Variety | Kellie Pickler’s husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, was found dead in an apparent suicide at the singer’s home in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday. He was 49. . .

His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Mr. Jacobs’ wife, Kellie Pickler, reported that she awoke a short time earlier, did not see her husband, and began looking for him. After she and her personal assistant were unable to open the door to the upstairs bedroom/office, the assistant telephoned 911.”

Jacobs and Pickler eloped in 2011. In 2015, they starred in a CMT reality show about their relationship, titled “I Love Kellie Pickler.”

Pickler finished in sixth place on “American Idol” in 2010, and went on to release four albums. During his career as a songwriter, Jacobs co-wrote Garth Brooks’ No. 1 song “More Than a Memory” as well as Tim McGraw’s “Still.” He also produced four No. 1 country airplay singles for Lee Brice: “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Drinking Class” and “Rumor.” Jacobs had also collaborated with Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery and Darius Rucker.

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide [please don’t], please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255 or go to

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February 2023
22: Germano Mathias, 88, Brazilian samba singer; Tohru Okada, 73, Japanese musician and music producer, creator of PlayStation 1 startup theme, heart failure.

20: Bruce Barthol, 75, American bassist (Country Joe and the Fish); Victor Brox, 81, English blues musician; Lyubomyr Futorsky, 50, Ukrainian singer (Dead Rooster) (did he die in the war or did a disease get him?)

19: Davis Causey, 74, American guitarist (Sea Level).

17: Otis Barthoulameu, 71, American musician (Fluf, Olivelawn) and record producer (Cheshire Cat); Jerry Dodgion, 90, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, complications from an infection; Kyle Jacobs*, 49, American songwriter (“More Than a Memory”), suicide by gunshot; Vijay Kichlu, 92, Indian classical singer, heart attack; Pansequito, 78, Spanish flamenco singer, brain cancer; Hans Poulsen, 77, Australian singer and songwriter; Tom Whitlock*, 68, American songwriter (“Danger Zone”, “Take My Breath Away”, “Winner Takes It All” [Not the ABBA song]), Oscar winner (1987), complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

16: Chuck Jackson, 85, American R&B singer (“Any Day Now”, “I Keep Forgettin'”, “Tell Him I’m Not Home”); Michael Kupper, 65, German heavy metal musician (Running Wild); Marilú, 95, Mexican singer and actress (El barchante Neguib); Tony Marshall, 85, German Schlager and opera singer; Alberto Radius, 80, Italian guitarist and singer-songwriter (Formula 3).

14: Tim Aymar, 59, American heavy metal singer (Pharaoh); Friedrich Cerha, 96, Austrian composer, conductor, and music educator; Peter Renkens, 55, Belgian singer (Confetti’s); Akira Tsuneoka, 51, Japanese pop-punk drummer (Hi-Standard)).

Photo: Kellie & Kyle

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