Songwriter Kyle Jacobs, Husband of Kellie Pickler, Dead of Apparent Suicide

Tragic news out of Nashville as beloved country music songwriter, vocalist, and musician Kyle Jacobs has died in an incident Metro Nashville Police are characterizing as an apparent suicide. Kyle Jacobs was also the husband of country artist, television personality, and the 2012 winner of Saving Country Music’s Album of the Year, Kellie Pickler.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, they responded to a 911 called from a home on Sneed Road in Nashville at 1:21 pm on Friday (2-17) afternoon. Pickler told police she awoke a short time before, did not see Jacobs, and began looking for him. After she and her personal assistant were unable to open the door to an upstairs bedroom/office where they believed Jacobs was at, the assistant called 911.

When police and fire department personnel arrived at the residence, they found Kyle Jacobs deceased of an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Police also said in a statement, “His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.” No other information is currently available pending further investigation.

Born Kyle Christopher Jacobs on June 26, 1973, he was originally from Bloomington, Minnesota and made a name in country music as a songwriter. Jacobs co-wrote the #1 song “More Than a Memory” performed by Garth Brooks, which became the first song to debut at #1 in Billboard country chart history.

Kyle Jacobs also wrote songs for wife Kellie Picker, George Strait, Randy Travis, Ruston Kelly, Scotty McCreery, Trace Adkins, Jo Dee Messina, Craig Morgan, Tim McGraw, Clay Walker, Eli Young Band, and more. As a musician, Jacobs regularly performed on the albums from Lee Brice, of whom he was close friends with.

Kellie Pickler announced her engagement to Kyle Jacobs on June 23, 2010, and the pair were married on New Years Day, 2011. The two starred together on the CMT reality TV show I Love Kellie Pickler. Jacobs also helped found the United Teens Encounter Christ, or UTEC in Minnesota, and also played in the music team.

Kyle Jacobs was 49 years old.

If you need help, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 988.

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