Country music’s Mickey Gilley dead at 86

Fox News reports that country music legend Mickey Gilley has passed away.

He was 86-years-old.

The announcement

Gilley’s passing was announced on Saturday by Jeff Wagner, the mayor of Pasadena, Texas.

“Pasadena has lost a true legend,” Wagner wrote. “Mickey Gilley passed away today, surrounded by his loved ones. It was my great honor to know this man most of my life.”

“We were so honored to have Mickey perform at our State of the City in February 2020,” Wagner added. “Our prayers for comfort and peace are with Mickey’s family, his loved ones, and his fans.”

Mickey Gilley Associates also put out a statement of its own that said, simply, that Gilley “passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side.”

Cause of death

The cause of Gilley’s death has not been revealed. But, just recently Gilley, himself, provided a social media update in which he explained that he had to cancel several upcoming shows due to “health issues.”

“The last couple of weeks, my energy level and some health issues kept me from being 100% at my shows,” Gilley wrote. “So, I’ve been seeking doctors to get me back on track.”

He concluded, “I hope to be reenergized, healthy, and back in full swing to see you at our shows soon!” But, Gilley never revealed what those “health issues” were.

Remembering Gilley

The New York Post reports that “Gilley had 39 Top 10 country hits over the course of his career, including 17 No. 1 records.” Some of his most well-known songs include “Window Up Above,” “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” and “She’s Pulling Me Back Again.”

Gilley did some acting as well. He played roles in both Murder, She Wrote and The Dukes of Hazzard, among others.

On top of this, Gilley also is well-known for starting a Texas honky-tonk, “the world’s largest honky tonk,” that ended up inspiring the film Urban Cowboy. Wagner touched upon this in his statement, writing, “[Gilley’s] talent and larger-than-life personality helped ignite a new interest in country music as he introduced the world to Pasadena through his dance hall and ‘Urban Cowboy’ in 1980.”

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