According to The Tennessean, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron said that local police responded Sunday to Earle’s apartment for a welfare check after the singer-songwriter hadn’t been heard from since Thursday. Aaron said there is no foul play suspected and an autopsy is pending; he told Nashville’s WKRN that, following a preliminary investigation, the death was from a “probable drug overdose.”
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“It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys,” reads a statement announcing Earle’s death on his official Facebook page.
Justin Townes Earle 1982-2020 pic.twitter.com/AzerqkUZa1
— Steve Earle (@SteveEarle) August 24, 2020
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