However, new details regarding the circumstances of his death have come to light.
In response to a number of comments on his annual “In Memoriam” article, stating that Tom’s cause of death was by suicide, Saving Country Music writer Kyle Coroneos reached out to Williamson County officials and received confirmation via the Williamson County Medical Examiner’s office.
And today, he reported that Tom T. Hall had in fact died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.
“The Williamson County, Tennessee Medical Examiner’s report conducted by Samuel Smith M.D. reads that Tom T. Hall ‘had sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, to the head, on the morning of 8/20/2021. A 911 call was placed at 1115 hours on 8/20/201.
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Williamson Medical Emergency Medical Services (WMC EMS) responded to the call. Paramedics confirmed death at approximately 1133 hours, due to obvious injuries.'”
Known for penning iconic country songs like “Harper Valley PTA,” “I Like Beer,” ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis,” “Little Bitty,” and more, it’s impossible to overstate Hall’s contributions to the rich history of country music.
The Kentucky, native had written songs for country music heroes like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, among many others, and released number of his own hit singles as well, including “That’s How I Got To Memphis,” “I Love,” “A Week In Country Jail,” “(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine,” “I Care,” and more.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
A Country Music, Bluegrass and Songwriter’s Hall of Famer, a Grand Ole Opry Member, a Grammy winner, Tom T. Hall will go down as one of country music’s best to ever put the pen to paper.