Don Williams passes away at the age of 78

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The world of country music is mourning the loss of a legend today. Don Williams passed away on Friday, Sept. 8. He was 78. He reportedly died due to complications from emphysema.

It didn’t take long for country music stars to begin noting Williams’ passing on social media. Travis Tritt was one of the first to mention the artist on Twitter. Sadly, at the time, he wasn’t aware of the passing of another country music great, Troy Gentry. He found out the news when one of his fans responded to his original tweet. You can check out the exchange below.

Other artists, like Brothers Osborne, took time out of one of their concerts to honor the singer. Over the weekend, the duo performed a favorite tune of Williams, “Living on Tulsa Time.” You can watch that performance, here.

You can tell from Williams’ career that he truly loved performing for his fans. During his later years, he tried to retire several times but always came back again. He finally hung up his hat for good in 2016 and wound up canceling several scheduled tour dates.

Williams, known as the “Gentle Giant,” had a smooth sound and loved telling stories with his music. He is behind 17 No. 1 hits, including “I Believe in You,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” and “Back in My Younger Days,” among many others. He was known for his baritone-bass voice and the soft tones he put into all his music.

Don Williams got his start in country music at an extremely young age. By the age of 3, he was already writing songs. By his teenage years, he was learning to play the guitar and playing in bands with his friends. The world will miss his beautiful music and all that he brought to the world of country music.

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