Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

Courtesy of AP

According to Fox News, country music singer Mel Tillis, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 85.

Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., his publicist said.

In 2016, Tillis was in the intensive care unit after suffering from diverticulitis. His publicist tells The Tennessean he never fully recovered from the illness.

Tillis was previously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry, The Tennessean reported.

Former President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts in 2012.

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