Legendary Singer Mel Tillis Dies At Age 85: What's The Cause of His Death?

Updated On 19 Nov, 2017 Published On

Deeply condolence!! Country icon Mel Tillis is no more among and he was 85. Mel died on Sunday, November 19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, after battling intestinal issues. He had been unwell since January 2016 with various illnesses.

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born on 8 August 1932 in Tampa, Florida. Mel, who is survived by six children, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by his daughter Pam Tillis, country artist, in 2007.

In the following year, he was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In February 2012, former US President Barack Obama awarded the legendary singer the National Medal of Arts.

Mel' success on the Billboard charts included his own hit songs, including six Hot Country Songs No. 1s among 36 top 10s.

He also wrote many hits which were recorded by other artists including Kenny Rogers & The First Edition's Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, which topped at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Ricky Skaggs' Honey (Open That Door), which peaked the country tally dated 2 June 1984.