Tom T. Hall’s death at 85 ruled to be suicide by coroner after country music’s ‘Storyteller’ passes away in Tennessee

A spokesperson for the Medical Examiner’s officer said  the “manner of death was ruled a suicide.”

When reached on the phone by Fox3 Now, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner’s office said the “manner of death was ruled a suicide.” According to the medical report obtained by the country music blog Saving Country Music, which first reported the story, a 911 call was placed at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, and “paramedics confirmed death at approximately 1133 hours, due to obvious injuries.”

Born Thomas T. Hall on May 25th, 1936, in Olive Hill, Kentucky, Hall established an indelible legacy in country music with his detail-rich lyricism and plainspoken delivery. While his most well-known song was “Harper Valley PTA,” which Jeannie C. Riley turned into a CMA award-winning crossover hit in 1968, he was also regarded for story-songs like “Homecoming,” “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” and “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” along with the humorous sing-along “I Like Beer.” In 1996, Alan Jackson had a Number One hit with the Hall composition “Little Bitty.”

The cause of country music legend Tom T. Hall's death has been ruled a suicide by a medical examiner's office

Hall entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, having brought a class of storytelling to country music unlike those before them.

His songs were known for chronicling the human spirit – a style polished by Hall and peers Kris Kristofferson and Billy Joe Shaver.

Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame, said in a statement Friday: “Tom T. Hall’s masterworks vary in plot, tone, and tempo, but they are bound by his ceaseless and unyielding empathy for the triumphs and losses of others.

His songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Alan Jackson.


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