George Strait’s Longtime Tour Manager, Tom Foote, Passes Away Suddenly: “We’re All Heartbroken To Say The Least”

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George Strait

2024 is off to a tough start for George Strait.

He announced yesterday that his longtime tour manager, Tom Foote, passed away on Monday at his home suddenly, following a band rehearsal.

George shared a statement on Instagram saying that he and the band had been with Tom for most of the afternoon, noting that he “was great… just doing what he loved to do, which was making sure we were taken care of.” A cause of death has not been revealed.

Foote served as Strait’s road manager for 48 years, after starting out as his drummer and quickly realizing that wasn’t the place for him. In March, Strait also sadly lost his longtime manager, Erv Woolsey, and mandolin player for the Ace in the Hole Band, Gene Elders.

George shared a photo of he and Foote on Instagram, saying that the entire Ace in the Hole band and team is heartbroken, and obviously, Tom will be “hugely missed.”

It’s very sad news, and has obviously been a very difficult last few months for Strait and the team, so our thoughts and prayers are with him and the family and friends of Foote during this extremely difficult time.

You can read Strait’s entire statement below:

“We lost another one of our good friends and a huge part of our musical journey yesterday. Tom Foote, our one-time drummer and long-time road manager for around 48 years, suddenly passed away at his home after our rehearsal.

The band and I were with him most of the afternoon and he was great. Just doing what he loved to do which was making sure we were taken care of. 2024 is taking its toll on the Ace in the Hole group.

We’re all heartbroken to say the least. Rest in peace brother Tom. You will be hugely missed. I’ll see you down the road amigo. -gs

Rest in Peace, Tom.

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