Kellie Pickler’s Husband’s Cause Of Death Confirmed By Autopsy

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Kyle Jacobs, the husband of American Idol star Kellie Pickler, died on February 17 at the age of 49.

At the time of his death, it was reported that Kyle Jacobs died of suicide. That finding has been confirmed in a newly-released autopsy report.

A newly-released autopsy report states that Jacobs died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs room of the home he shared with Kellie Pickler.

No drugs were present in Jacobs’ system at the time of his death, according to the toxicology report. The report did state that  he did have a history of “pseudoseizures, gastrointestinal bleeding, elevated liver enzymes, and chronic alcohol use.”

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Authorities were called to Pickler’s Tennessee home on February 17 after the singer woke up and couldn’t find her husband.  In a statement issued to media at the time, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said Pickler and her assistant called 911 after they were unable to open a door to an upstairs room during their search for Jacobs.

“Mr. Jacobs’ wife, Kellie Pickler, reported that she awoke a short time earlier, did not see her husband, and began looking for him,” the police statement read. “After she and her personal assistant were unable to open the door to the upstairs bedroom/office, the assistant telephoned 911.”


Kellie Pickler competed on American Idol in 2006 where she finished in 6th place. Her debut country album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year. She found country music success with hits like “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Best Days of Your Life,” a duet she recorded with Taylor Swift. Pickler won Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars in 2013, and co-hosted a talk show, Pickler & Ben, for two seasons alongside Ben Aaron.

Kellie Pickler married Kyle Jacobs in January of 2011. The pair starred in I Love Kellie Pickler, a reality television show that aired that aired on CMT.


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Pickler left her job as deejay on Sirius XM after her husband’s death and has yet to speak publicly about his passing.

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