Longtime country singer-songwriter Mel Tillis dead at 85

Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

  • bob e

    RIP Mel ..

  • Blind Druid

    I am 67 and my fave musicians are dying off one per day. Plus I hate all the new stuff. don’t understand it – don’t wanna try — especially the C rap