Kellie Pickler has shared a touching tribute to her late husband, the renowned songwriter Kyle Jacobs, who tragically took his own life on February 17th at their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“In a moment of crisis, my husband imparted one of the most profound lessons: when you’re unsure of what to do, simply ‘do nothing, just be still,'” Pickler expressed in a statement to People magazine. “I’ve chosen to embrace his wisdom. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my family, friends, and supporters for the countless letters, calls, and messages that have poured in.”
The country music star continued, “These gestures have touched my soul and are helping me navigate through the darkest chapter of my life. As many of you have conveyed, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am currently planning an intimate memorial for my beloved husband, slated for later this autumn, as it aligns with what Kyle would have wished for.”
This marks Pickler’s initial public statement following the tragic loss of Jacobs. The couple embarked on their journey together in 2008 and exchanged vows in 2011.
According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, a 911 call was placed at 1:21 p.m. on February 17th. “Kellie Pickler, Mr. Jacobs’ wife, reported that she had awakened a short while earlier, discovered her husband’s absence, and began searching for him. When she and her personal assistant couldn’t gain access to the upstairs bedroom/office, the assistant dialed 911.”
Tragically, Jacobs was found “deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom/office.”
As a prominent country songwriter, Jacobs is renowned for co-writing Garth Brooks’ chart-topping hit “More Than a Memory” and Tim McGraw’s “Still.” Collaborating with Lee Brice, Jacobs produced four No. 1 country singles, including “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Drinking Class,” and “Rumor.” He also collaborated with his wife, as well as artists like Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, and Darius Rucker.
In 2010, Kellie Pickler secured the sixth position on “American Idol.” Her discography includes four albums: “Small Town Girl,” “Kellie Pickler,” “100 Proof,” and “The Woman I Am.”