Kyle Jacobs, a composer and the husband of Kellie Pickler, a former “American Idol” finalist and country music singer, died by apparent suicide.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department reports that Jacobs, 49, was found dead inside the couple’s house in the Nashville region on Friday. His suspected suicide is being looked at as the cause of death.
Pickler, 36, said police she awakened just before the event and contacted 911 because she and her personal assistant were unable to enter the upstairs bedroom door. Around 1:21 p.m., Nashville’s Department of Emergency Communications received a 911 call.
Pickler and Jacobs tied the knot in 2011. In 2015, they starred in the reality programme “I Love Kellie Pickler” together.
Jacobs wrote many popular songs, including Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” in 2007 and Tim McGraw’s “Still” in 2009. He has also written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, his wife, and a number of other artists.
Pickler won Season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2013 with professional partner Derek Hough. She finished in the Top 6 of Season 5 of “American Idol” in 2006, commencing her music career.
On New Year’s Day, Jacobs and Pickler celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. In 2022, he marked their 11th anniversary with a touching Instagram post about his wife.
“Her intellect, heart, and soul are not only dedicated to our soldiers and first responders; they are compelled to let them know how much they are valued and cherished,” he wrote. “And the good news is…she loves me too…:)”
Pickler and Jacobs co-wrote “The Lady I Am,” the title tune from her 2013 album.
“No one understands me better than my hubby,” she told USA TODAY in November 2013. “There was no way I could pretend to be someone I’m not because he’d absolutely call me out on it.”