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Country Music Icon Mickey Gilley: Dead At 86

Most famous for adding a pop-friendly flare to old skool western music music in the 1980s. country music legend Mickey Gilley has died at the age of 86.

Taking to social media, on Saturday (5.07) Pasadena, Texas Mayor Jeff Wagner announced the news via Facebook calling the star a “true legend” adding:

“Pasadena has lost a true legend,” his statement began. “Mickey Gilley passed away today, surrounded by his loved ones.” “It was my great honor to know this man most of my life. Mickey was a true musical talent who charted 42 singles in the Top 40 Country Charts over a span of two decades. His 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” (starring John Travolta) in 1980. We were so honored to have Mickey perform at our State of the City in February, 2020. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with Mickey’s family, his loved ones and his fans.”

Unclear as to Gilley’s cause of death is, just a week ago the iconic musician shared on his Facebook page that he had to cancel upcoming shows due to health concerns, writing:

“The last couple of weeks, my energy level and some health issues kept me from being 100% at my shows. So, I’ve been seeking doctors to get me back on track.” “I certainly don’t like to cancel at the last minute, but unfortunately I had to make the late decision this weekend.”

Throughout his career Mickey Gilley had seventeen #1 country records, was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984 and is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and his legendary cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Author: Saul Goode

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