Busbee, Maren Morris standing in front of a podium
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Hit Songwriter, Busbee, Who Worked With Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Carly Pearce & More Has Died

Tragic news to pass along on this Sunday evening.

Hit songwriter, Busbee (real name Michael James Ryan), has died – he was only 43. The cause of death is not yet known.

Busbee has written a ton of hit songs in Nashville and beyond over the years, working with Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Scotty McCreery, Lady A, and many more.

Maren posted the following on Twitter within the hour:

Carly Pearce shared the following video:

I sang “every little thing” tonight through broken tears with thousands of voices and cell phone lights in the air, because I asked them to raise them up high so you could see them shining from heaven. What a beautiful sight it was. You gave my music a place in this world. I’ll cherish the 2 albums, songs, talks, laughs & memories we shared over the years. My heart is broken, but the legacy of your talents and your heart will live on in all of the artists and people you touched. I love you, Busbee. ♥️

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

RIP, Busbee.

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