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Country Artists We’ve Lost in 2015

Country music has taken a big hit in 2015 in terms of talented people passing away. Some impacted the growth of the genre early on, while others were active up until their deaths — and all will be missed.

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Opry Legend Jim Ed Brown Dead at 81

Opry legend and newly-elected Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Ed Brown has passed away after a battle with cancer.

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Outlaw Country Singer Randy Howard Dies in Shootout With Bounty Hunter

Outlaw country singer Randy Howard was killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his Tennessee home on Tuesday night (June 9).

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Randy Rogers’ Newborn Daughter Has Died

Randy Rogers' newborn daughter has passed away, a representative for the band confirms to Taste of Country. Rumer Rain Rogers was born to the singer and wife Chelsea on June 3, 2015 and died on June 9.

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Folk Singer Jean Ritchie Dies at 92

Jean Ritchie — considered one of the most influential preservationists of traditional Appalachian music and a primary source of inspiration behind the folk-music revival of the 1960s — passed away on June 1 in her home in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92.

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Remember When Keith Urban and B.B. King Led an All-Star Jam? [Watch]

A few country stars had a chance to jam with B.B. King over the years, but none got the opportunity Keith Urban had in 2009. The country picker and the blues great led an all-star jam at the Grammys that year. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night (May 14).

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Fiddle Legend Johnny Gimble Dead at 88

Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble has passed away. Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reports the influential Western Swing musician died on Saturday (May 9), just weeks before his 89th birthday.

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Opry Veteran Ruth Poe Weir Dead at 90

Former Grand Ole Opry cast member Ruth Poe Weir has passed away at the age of 90.

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11 Legends Who Died Before Their Time

Death is an inevitable truth for all people, but somehow it's more tragic when it's unexpected, as is the case with these country singers who died before their time.

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Elvis Presley Songwriter Sid Tepper Dies

Sid Tepper wrote hundred of songs for stars like Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Jeff Beck and Ray Charles, but it’s the 40-plus songs he wrote for Elvis Presley that he’s best remembered for. The native New Yorker died on Friday (April 24) at the age of 96.

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