Last Friday, we learned the heartbreaking news that Kyle Jacobs, the singer/songwriter, producer, and husband of country singer Kellie Pickler, was found dead by suicide in his Nashville home.
The 49-year-old Bloomington, Minnesota native has written songs like “More Than a Memory,” which was recorded by Garth Brooks, as well as Lee Brice’s “Rumor,” and “I Drive Your Truck,” in addition to a number of other songs that have been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Clay Walker, Trace Adkins, and many more.
However, Jacobs has also been a producer for Brice, working on every album he’s ever released as a co-writer, and producing on all but one of them.
The country singer posted a heartfelt tribute to his longtime friend on social media, saying:
“These past few days have truly been some of the hardest of my life. At times, I feel lost and buried under this deep sadness. Other times, I sit and remember all the times with Kyle that bring me comfort and make me smile.
He was, without a doubt, one of the best people anyone could ever hope to have in their corner…I am eternally grateful for having him in mine. I’ll keep Kellie, his family and everyone who was touched by him close to my heart.
I’ll miss you til we meet again.. I love you, brother.”
Listen to Kyle perform “I Drive Your Truck” at 30A Songwriters Festival quite a few years back.
Kyle Jacobs, Singer-Songwriter Husband Of Kellie Pickler, Found Dead At Nashville Home
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, officers got a call for an apparent suicide at the residence this afternoon after a man shot himself.
Police say that Kellie was asleep until shortly before the incident, and called 911 when she and an assistant were unable to open the upstairs bedroom door.
In a statement, police confirmed that the Jacobs’ death is being investigated as a suicide:
“Nashville’s Department of Emergency Communications received a 911 call at 1:21 p.m. Friday from a home on Sneed Road in the police department’s West Precinct.
Officers and Nashville Fire Department personnel responded and located resident Kyle Jacobs, 49, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom/office. His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.”
The 49-year old songwriter, originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, has written hits like “More Than a Memory,” which was recorded by Garth Brooks, and Lee Brice’s “Rumor,” along with songs that have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Clay Walker, Trace Adkins and many others.
In 2014, he won an ACM Award as a producer on Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck.”
Jacobs married Kellie Pickler in 2011, and the couple starred together in the CMT reality show I Love Kellie Pickler.
Absolutely hate this for everybody involved. Prayers to Kellie, their families and all of their friends.
Rest in peace, Kyle.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.