The Tragic Death Of Kellie Pickler's Husband

Kellie Pickler's husband Kyle Jacobs has died by suicide, according to TMZ. Law enforcement says the former "American Idol" star woke up inside the couple's home in Nashville, Tennessee and noticed that her husband wasn't in bed. She started looking around the house for him and worried that something may have happened when she couldn't open an upstairs door. Pickler called 911 and emergency personnel came to the home where Jacobs was found dead. He was 49 years old. 

According to E! News, Pickler and Jacobs lived a private life together in Nashville. "I'm such a simple girl honestly," she told the outlet. "I love gardening. My friends call me the fifth unofficial Golden Girl. I'm that 104-year-old trapped in a 35-year-old body. I love puzzles. I love good conversations. I love to sit on the front porch in my rocking chair. I just like to be in good company," she added. Pickler and Jacobs tied the knot in 2011 and didn't have any children together. 

Kellie Pickler's husband Kyle Jacobs was a music producer

Kyle Jacobs was a talented songwriter, who played the piano, the guitar — and he could sing, too. "He is so good at what he does," Kellie Pickler gushed about her husband to People back in 2015. The two had worked together several times since they first met. "I'm so excited to be in the studio again recording a new album, and working with Kyle has been amazing. He has watched me perform for years, so it was great to have a front row seat as an artist and see him in his element," Pickler said.

Jacobs, who also doubled as a music producer, collaborated and wrote songs for some of the biggest country stars including Tim McGraw and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. In 2007, Jacobs earned his first Billboard No.1 song after Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" topped the chart. In 2014, the talented songwriter added to his slew of achievements when he snagged an Academy of Country Music Award for producing "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice's 2012 hit song. But, while the accolades and achievements were great to have, Jacobs never got carried away and was always true to writing songs that spoke to the heart. "One of my favorite things to do as a songwriter is writing songs with beautiful hearts in beautiful places," he wrote in a 2021 Instagram post.

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Kyle Jacobs' final post showed he was in good spirits

As the music scene continues to mourn Kyle Jacobs' sudden demise, fans continue to search for clues that might have suggested the songwriter had a troubled life. Except there don't appear to be any. If anything, Jacobs' social media always portrayed him to be in good spirits. His last Instagram post was no different. In the post, shared only a day before his tragic death, Jacobs celebrated a new milestone for Lee Brice's fifth studio album, "Hey World," which he produced. "Platinum?! SWEEEET!!! An amazing crew of incredibly talented peeps put this one together," he wrote in the caption. "Deeply honored to be a creative part of it...Thank you, Jesus!!!"

Back in December 2022, Jacobs also showed off his impressive Spotify Wrapped stats, showing that he had amassed more than 46 million streams and 8 million listeners through some of his writing credits. "Kinda cool seeing how a song created in a little room on Music Row can reach so many people...Feeling very blessed right now... Thank you, Jesus," he wrote.

Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs shared many special moments

Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs kept their marriage private, but between them were a lot of beautiful memories. For instance, in the early 2000s, when they couple met, Jacobs hoped to impress Pickler with his success, and so, when it was time to introduce himself, he said: "Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm a songwriter." The plan, however, did not work out as well as he planned as Pickler was largely unimpressed. But, it did not take too long for the pair to start working together — and even better, to fall in love.

Eventually, after years of dating, Jacobs popped the big question on June 15, 2010 — a day the "Tough" singer has described as one of the most memorable of her life. "After Kyle got down on one knee and me screaming 'YES!!!', we watched the sunset slowly paint a colorful end to a beautiful day," she recounted in a 2017 Instagram post. Pickler and Jacobs exchanged wedding vows in a beachfront ceremony in Antigua. "When two people get married, it's not about the glamour. It's about the bride and groom and God," Pickler told People at the time. "We didn't have anything but us and God and our minister and I can't think of a word that can quite describe how perfect it was," she added.