Kellie Pickler is breaking her silence on the tragic death of her husband, Kyle Jacobs.
Jacobs, the singer-songwriter husband of singer and former American Idol contestant Pickler, was found dead at the couple’s Nashville in February, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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.
Understandably, Pickler remained silent in the wake of the tragedy for the past seven or so months, and had yet to release any sort of public statement until today.
She shared a short statement with People saying that she has chosen to be still in the moment of a crisis, heeding advice from her late husband.
She went on to thank fans for all of their support, calls, letters and prayers, saying that “it has truly touched my soul and it’s helping me get through the darkest time in my life.”
Kellie generously added that her fans and supporters all in her prayers too:
“One of the most beautiful lessons my husband taught me was in a moment of a crisis, if you don’t know what to do, ‘do nothing, just be still.’ I have chosen to heed his advice.
Thank you to my family, friends, and supporters, for the countless letters, calls, and messages that you have sent my way.
It has truly touched my soul and it’s helping me get through the darkest time in my life. As many of you have told me, you are all in my prayers.”
She also shared her plans for Jacobs’ memorial service this fall:
“I am planning an intimate memorial for my husband, which will happen later this fall, that is what Kyle would have wanted.”
She signed the statement,
“Love & Blessings, Kellie.”
Just a heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with Kellie and the entire Jacobs family as they continue to grieve this massive loss.
Rest in peace, Kyle.
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