US legendary country music singer, Don Williams, is dead.
Williams, who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style, died on Friday, September 8 after a short illness. He was aged 78 years.
He began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits, and his songs, such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Williams was known as the gentle giant of country music and his other hits included You’re My Best Friend, I Believe in You and Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
BBC also reported that another country star, Troy Gentry, died on Friday in a helicopter crash.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey,”said a statement on the bands website.
The helicopter’s pilot also died in the incident, but the reasons for the crash remain unclear.
The news of the death of 50-year-old Troy Gentry shocked country music fans and artists.
Country music stars including Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Gentry on social media.
Grammy award-winning Singer Brad Paisley said he was “heartbroken and in disbelief” at the news of Gentry’s death in a Friday night tweet.