Songwriter Kyle Jacobs, husband of Kellie Pickler found dead of apparent suicide

Kellie Pickler and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, arrives on the red carpet at the 49th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Kellie Pickler and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, arrives on the red carpet at the 49th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
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Nashville songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs — who wrote hits for Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw and co-starred on TV with his wife, country singer Kellie Pickler — died Friday at his home in Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police Department say Jacobs, 49, died of an apparent suicide.

The Minnesota native arrived in Nashville in 2000, and found his first major success with Brooks' 2007 single "More Than a Memory." He went on to co-write hits for Tim McGraw ("Still") and Eli Young Band ("Dust"), and co-produced Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck," which earned him an ACM award.

Jacobs married Pickler, a former "American Idol" contestant and country star, in 2011. The pair co-starred on the 2015 CMT reality TV series, "I Love Kellie Pickler."

Jacobs remained active on social media through Thursday, when he celebrated Brice's recent platinum success with "Hey World." In December he made an Instagram post celebrating 46.5 million Spotify streams as a songwriter in 2022. Many of them came from "Rumor," a 2017 Brice hit he co-wrote with Ashley Gorley.

"Kinda cool seeing how a song created in a little room on Music Row can reach so many people," he wrote. "Feeling very blessed right now…Thank you Jesus!"

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