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Country Stars React To Death Of Beloved Country Music Hall Of Famer Mel Tillis

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Country music has lost yet another of its legends with the death of Mel Tillis. Known as a talented singer and songwriter, the 85-year old is being remembered by his fellow artists for his kindness and his unmatchable sense of humor. 

Many of country's biggest stars took to social media Sunday to pay tribute to Tillis who passed away early Sunday morning (November 19) in Florida. One of the most touching tributes came from Blake Shelton who shared some deeply personal moments he shared with Tillis. 

"Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis. Many many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert," Shelton wrote on Twitter before adding that Tillis took time to talk Blake through some difficult times. 

"He did his best to try and keep my head on straight. I looked up to Mel more than he could've possibly known," Blake said of his friend. "A talented songwriter. An incredible entertainer. And a funny funny guy. It has been a couple years since I saw him last. I deeply regret that now. What a truly devastating loss. I loved Mel. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers to all his family."

Other stars shared Blake Shelton's sentiments including Scotty McCreery, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Tim McGraw and many more. 

Mel Tillis leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.

The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.

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