The Nashville Police Department said in a statement that the Department of Emergency Communications was dispatched to a home on Friday (February 17) at 1:21 p.m. CST. Upon arrival, authorities found Jacobs “deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Kellie Pickler, 36, told authorities that when she woke up she couldn’t find her husband. She and her assistant attempted to open a door to an upstairs bedroom/office. When they were unable to open it, they called police.
Jacobs was born on June 26, 1973, in Bloomington, Minnesota. He moved to Nashville in the late 1990s and began working as a songwriter, penning hits such as Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” and “Still” recorded by Tim McGraw.
In addition to his work as a songwriter, Jacobs is also an accomplished musician and has played with a number of notable artists, including Brooks and Dunn, Kelly Clarkson, and Wynonna Judd. He has also worked as a producer on projects for artists like Kellie Pickler, Clay Walker, and Craig Morgan.
After two and a half years of dating, Kyle Jacobs became engaged to Kellie Pickler in 2010 after two and a half years of dating. While competing on Dancing with the Stars, Pickler shared that she and Jacobs had planned on an elaborate wedding, but ultimately chose to wed in a small, private ceremony on an island in the Caribbean.
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In 2015, the couple starred in a reality show on CMT titled I Love Kellie Pickler. The show ran for three seasons and documented their lives, both personal and professional.
The country music community has responded to the news of Kyle Jacobs’ death with condolences and memories of the singer-songwriter.
The Academy is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kyle Jacobs, a talented Nashville songwriter & producer and the husband of Kellie Pickler. In 2014 Jacobs won an ACM Award as producer of Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck.” Join us in sending condolences, love & healing. pic.twitter.com/UoHkQm9K2e
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) February 18, 2023
RIP KYLE JACOBS 💔 Keep Kellie Pickler in your thoughts 🏼 pic.twitter.com/WpMtru9jXn
— 🧚 (@bathrobequeen00) February 18, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kellie Pickler and the rest of Kyle Jacobs’ family.