Mac Davis, legendary country singer and songwriter, dead at 78 following heart surgery

Singer and songwriter Mac Davis
Country music legend Mac Davis died on Tuesday following heart surgery. Pic credit: @24 Frames/YouTube

Country music singer and songwriter Mac Davis passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78 due to complications following heart surgery.

Davis’ manager, Jim Morey, announced his passing in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday.

Part of the statement read:

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody.”

Davis’ family previously announced he was battling ill-health

Mac Davis’ death comes after his family took to Twitter on Monday to reveal Davis was critically ill following heart surgery.

“We are sorry to report that legendary singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville. Your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time.”

Mac Davis on Twitter
Pic credit: @OfficialMDavis1/Twitter

Country singer Mac Davis

Pic credit: @OfficialMDavis1/Twitter

Tributes pour in on social media

There was an outpouring of love and support on social media after the family first announced Davis’ illness on Monday.

Many fans and celebrities, including country singer Dolly Parton, responded by showing support for Davis and his family.

Dolly Parton and Mac Davis
Pic credit: @DollyParton/Twitter

People have also been posting tributes and condolences since news of Davis’ death broke yesterday.

Among stars who paid tribute on Twitter were singers Richard Marx and Travis Tritt.

The Country Music Association (CMA) also posted a condolence message.

Singer Travis Tritt
Pic credit: @Travistritt/Twitter
CMA Country Music on Mac Davis
Pic credit: @CountryMusic/Twitter

Mac Davis bio

Davis (born Morris Mac Davis), was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1942.

He started his prolific music career as a songwriter in the late 60s. He served as a songwriter for music stars such as Elvis Presley and Glen Campbell.

His credits include writing several of Elvis’ hit songs, such as A Little Less Conversation, Don’t Cry Daddy, In the Ghetto, and Memories.

He also wrote Glen Campbell’s song, Everything a Man Could Ever Need. He collaborated with Dolly Parton on the duet, Wait ‘Til I Get You Home (1989).

He also wrote the hit single Something’s Burning for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s fifth album, released in 1970.

Davis released his first album, Song Painter, in 1970. He is best known for songs such as One Hell of a Woman, Stop and Smell the Roses, and Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.

Other Mac Davis hit songs include, It’s Hard to Be Humble, Hooked on Music, and Texas in My Rearview Mirror,

He won several awards and accolades, including the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 1974. In 2000, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the National Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Davis also had a TV and film career. He was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1998.

He hosted The Mac Davis Show (1974-1976) and appeared in movies such as Beer For My Horses, Cheaper to Keep Her, Where The Fast Lane Ends, Jackpot, The Sting II, and North Dallas Forty.

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