Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dies at 85 -

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dies at 85

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, The Tennessean reports.

In a press release from Absolute Publicity, Tillis' publicist Don Murry Grubbs confirmed that Tillis died at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida after battling an intestinal issue since 2016.

The Tillis family said they plan to announce funeral arrangements for Nashville and Florida soon. Tillis has six children.

Tillis moved to Nashville from Plant City, Florida after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a baker.

His career took off in 1956 after Webb Pierce recorded "I’m Tired," which Tillis wrote.

Tillis wrote more than 1,000 songs, with around 600 of those being recorded by major artists. One of his biggest songs was "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town," recorded by Kenny Rogers.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2007, just four months after joining the Grand Ole Opry. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2012 from Former President Barack Obama and is a CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Tillis also appeared in movies with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.

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