This year, country music -- and music in general -- suffered some big losses. Several great artists passed away, but their mark on music will be remembered forever, whether famous for their vocal talents, songwriting skills or playing abilities.

Some were anticipated, other completely unexpected ... but neither made it any easier to say goodbye to these talented individuals. Reflect on the country artists who died in 2014 with this gallery of photos. Their influence will be recognized and remembered forever, their legacies long outlasting their time on Earth.