Mel Tillis, Country Music Legend Dies At Age 85

Sunday, November 19th 2017, 11:48 am

By: News 9

Country music legend Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida, Absolute Publicity said in a news release. He was 85.

"Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered," the public relations firm said. "The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure." 

Tillis -- born in Tampa on August 8, 1932 -- recorded over 60 albums during his career and wrote more than 1,000 songs.

His hits included "I Ain't Never," "Heart Healer" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy." 

Former President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts in 2012.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


Get The Daily Update!

Be among the first to get breaking news, weather, and general news updates from News 9 delivered right to your inbox!

More Like This

November 19th, 2017

July 20th, 2022

August 31st, 2021

August 13th, 2021

Top Headlines

October 3rd, 2022

October 3rd, 2022

October 2nd, 2022

October 2nd, 2022