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Legendary country singer Earl Thomas Conley dies at 77

Posted at 2:06 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 15:06:08-04

Country singer Earl Thomas Conley, known for hit songs including “Holding Her and Loving You,” “What I’d Say” and “Right From the Start,” died Wednesday in Nashville.

USA Today reports that Conley’s brother, Fred Conley, confirmed his death. He had suffered from a condition similar to dementia and had been in hospice care for several months.

“He just kept losing ground,” Fred Conley told USA Today. “I’m brokenhearted.”

Conley, 77, had been a huge influence on current country singers during his career that included 10 studio albums, 30 singles and 18 No. 1 hits.

His death was particularly devastating to country superstar Blake Shelton, who tweeted that his heart “was absolutely destroyed” after learning of the news.