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Wayne Mills
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Singer Wayne Mills Shot Dead in Nashville Bar

Wayne Mills, leader of the outlaw-country Wayne Mills Band, was killed during an altercation with a bar owner in Nashville early Saturday morning (Nov. 23). Police say Pit and Barrel owner Chris Ferrell shot the 44-year-old. Ferrell said the 5AM shooting was in self-defense.

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Nelson Larkin
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Producer and Songwriter Nelson Larkin Dead at 70

Veteran country music producer and songwriter Nelson Larkin died in his home in Brentwood, Tenn. on Monday (Nov. 18). The 70-year-old is best known as the man behind many of Earl Thomas Conley's most memorable albums. He also penned hits for Tracy Lawrence and Billy Joe Royal.

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Trisha Yearwood Saddened by Loss of Uncle Wilson

Trisha Yearwood shared some emotional family news with her fans this week. The star singer is currently dealing with the loss of her Uncle Wilson, who passed on Monday (Nov. 11).

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Sarah Darling
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Sarah Darling Mourns the Death of Her Grandfather

Singer Sarah Darling lost the man she thinks of as "greatest man I've ever known." Her grandfather, Richard Eugene Dicks, died this week following a long illness. He was 79.

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Bob Beckham
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Bob Beckham Dead: Singer, Publisher and Mentor to Dolly Parton Passes Away at 86

Bob Beckham scored two country hits early in his music career, but soon found his niche on the other side of the radio. The 86-year-old is remembered as a friend and mentor to songwriters like Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton. A former U.S. Army paratrooper, Beckham died on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) at a hospital in Hermitage, Tenn.

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Garth Brooks, Betsy Smittle
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Garth Brooks’ Sister, Betsy Smittle, Dies

Garth Brooks' half-sister, Betsy Smittle, has died. The 60-year-old was known as Brooks' bass player for part of his career. She also released one solo album and was a gay rights activist who performed and participated in numerous gay rights events.

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Sherman Halsey, Dwight Yoakam
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Influential Music Video Director Sherman Halsey Dies

Sherman Halsey, a music video director and producer most closely associated with Tim McGraw, has died. The man behind the first country music video to gain airplay on MTV was found deceased in his home on Tuesday (Oct. 29). The 56-year-old's cause of death has not yet been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

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Cal Smith
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‘Country Bumpkin” Singer Cal Smith Dead at 81

Cal Smith, a country hitmaker most well-known for the 1974 ACM and CMA award-winning hit 'Country Bumpkin,'' died on Thursday (Oct. 10) at the age of 81. While that chart-topper is his signature song, it's only one part of a lengthy career that included multiple No. 1s and a run with Ernest Tubb.

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Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton’s Dad Dies

Country newcomer Chris Stapleton has canceled Wednesday night's show in Lincoln, Neb. following the sad passing of his father. The 'What Are You Listening To' singer made the announcement on his Twitter page Monday afternoon (Oct. 7).

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Sammy Kershaw
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Sammy Kershaw’s Younger Brother Dies

Sammy Kershaw is grieving the death of his younger brother today. The singer announced that Minos Joseph Cashat, Jr. passed away on Friday (Sept. 27), also detailing the funeral arrangements for friends and family. 

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