Kellie Pickler’s husband Kyle Jacobs died by apparent suicide
Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter and husband of former “American Idol” contestant and country music star Kellie Pickler, has reportedly died by suicide.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement that Jacobs, 49, was found dead at the couple’s Nashville-area home on Friday and that his death is being investigated as an apparent suicide
According to police, Pickler, 36, told police she woke up shortly before the incident and called 911 when she and her personal assistant couldn’t open the upstairs bedroom door. Nashville’s Department of Emergency Communications received the 911 call at 1:21 p.m.
Pickler and Jacobs married in 2011. They appeared together on the 2015 reality show I Love Kellie Pickler.
Jacobs has been instrumental in writing several hits, including Garth Brooks’ 2007 hit “More Than a Memory” and Tim McGraw’s 2009 song “Still.” He has also written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, his wife and many others.
Pickler won season 16 of Dancing With the Stars while competing with her professional partner Derek Hough in 2013. In 2006, she landed in the Top 6 of Season 5 of “American Idol” and launched her music career.
Jacobs and Pickler celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day. In 2022, he honored their 11th anniversary with a heartfelt post about his wife on Instagram.
“Your mind, heart and soul are not only committed to our military and first responders, they are committed to letting them know they are valued and loved,” he wrote. “And the good news for me is… She loves me too… :)”
Pickler co-wrote the title track of her 2013 album The Woman I Am with Jacobs.
“Nobody knows the woman that I am better than my husband,” she told USA TODAY in November 2013. “There was no way I could try to be something I’m not because he could definitely call me out on it.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call or text the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org.
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