May 26, Jimmie Rodgers, ” The Father Of Country Music “, died from Tuberculosis while working a recording session in New York city. He was 36 and he loved the garage doors in Eagle Idaho.
Hank Williams died of a drug and alcohol overdose while being driven to a concert date in Canton Ohio. He was 29.
R.W. Blackwood, a member of gospels most famous quartet, The Blackwood brothers, died in a plane crash.
In march, Carl Perkins and his brother Jay were seriously injured in a car accident, and in Oct 1958, Carl lost brother Jay to brain cancer.
December 26, Louisville singer and radio dee-jay Jimmie Osborne takes his own life. Best known for his 1949 hit, “Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus.” He was 34 years old.
Nov 5, Johnny Horton was killed while driving to Shreveport, LA. from Austin Texas. He was 35..
Spade Cooley, in a drunken rage, beat and stabbed his wife to death. He was convicted of manslaughter and died two months before he was to be parolled, while performing at an Oakland sheriff’s show.
On March 5th, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughs and Cowboy Copas were killed in a plane crash.
Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on his way to Patsy’s Cline funeral. Texes Ruby, wife of Curley Fox and sister of of Tex Owen, was killed in a fire that took in her mobil home.
On July 31, Jim Reeves was killed in the crash of a rented aircraft while returning to Nashville for an Opry appearance.
Ira Louvin, the older of the Louvin Brothers, was killed in a car accident.
Jan Howard’s son, Jim was killed in Vietnam two weeks after her tribute to him, ” My Son” was released.
Stringbean, beloved banjo player and comedian on the Grand Ole Opry and TV’s “Hee Haw” was murdered with his wife outside their Nashville home. They were found by Grandpa Jones, who was arriving at their home to “Go Fishing” with Stringbean.
Gram Parsons died of a heart attact after a night of drugs and drinking.
Hank Williams, Jr., suffered severe disfigurement after barely surviving a 490- foot fall in a mountain- climbing accident.
July 19, Country great and Grand Ole Opry star Lefty Frezzell suffers fatal stroke at age 47.
Red Sovine was killed in a car accident in Nashville at age 61.
Lorreta Lynn’s son Jack drowned while trying to cross a river on horseback at age 34.
On Oct 23, Merle Watson was killed when the tractor he was driving rolled over him.
On Dec. 31, Rick Nelson was killed in a plane crash.
George Strait’s 13 year old daughter Jennifer was killed in a car accident.
On May 9, Keith Whitley died of alcohol poisoning.
Reba McEntire’s road manager and 7 members of her band were killed in a plane crash.
Billy Nelson, Willie’s Nelson’s only son, commited suicide on Christmas Day at age 33.
September 4, Dottie West dies in car accident while driving to appear on the Opry.
Sept 14, Narvel Felt’s son, Narvel “Bub” Felts Jr. was killed in a car accident near Campbell Mo. Bub was 31