Country music legend Mac Davis has sadly died at the age of 78, it has been confirmed.
The musician, who was also known for writing songs for Elvis Presley, fell ‘critically ill’ while undergoing heart surgery on Tuesday.
Hours later, his manager Jim Morey confirmed Davis’ death in a Facebook post.
Davis wrote: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody.
‘Mac has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly.. my best friend.
He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
‘I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor.’
He continued: ‘When there was a tough decision to be made he often told me “You decide.. I’m going to the golf course!” To quote from his song I Believe in Music..
‘”I could just sit around making music all day long. As long as I’m making my music ain’t gonna do nobody no harm. And who knows maybe I’ll come up with a song”. And he did…time after time.’
Tributes have poured in for Davis, with musician Richard Marx tweeting: ‘This is such a drag. RIP to the incredible #MacDavis. Thank you for your incredible songs and your kindness to me. It was an honor to hear you tell me stories.’
Country legend Dolly Parton had sent well wishes to Davis after news broke of his serious condition, and tweeted: ‘#PrayForMacDavis.’
Musician Kenny Rogers also said: ‘We are so very sorry to hear this news. #PrayForMacDavis -Team KR.’
Davis was born in Lubbock, Texas and moved to Atlanta where his songwriting career began.
He joined Nancy Sinatra Inc. in the 1960s where he wrote Elvis Presley’s hit song A Little Less Conversation and In The Ghetto.
In 1970, Davis stepped out on his own and released his debut solo album Song Painter. But it was his second album, 1972’s Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me, which became his breakout song.
Davis became the star of his very own variety show on NBC with The Mac Davis Show, which aired between 1974 and 1976.
The musician also starred in various movies and TV shows, including North Dallas Forty, Cheaper To Keep Her and, most recently, Where The Fast Lane Ends which was released in 2017.
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