On Friday, former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler‘s husband of 13 years, Kyle Jacobs, died by suicide.

He was 49, and had shot himself in the house.

At 1:21 p.m., the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department received a call from a home on Sneed Road, and upon arriving at the scene, found Jacobs dead in an upstairs room.


“Mr. Jacobs’ wife, Kellie Pickler, reported that she awoke a short time earlier, did not see her husband and began looking for him,” read a statement from MNPD. “After she and her personal assistant were unable to open the door to the upstairs bedroom/office, the assistant telephoned 911.”

The day before, Jacobs, who is a songwriter himself and has worked with big names like Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw, celebrated country singer Lee Brice’s fifth studio album Hey World going platinum — a project that he had contributed to as a composer and producer.

Pickler and Jacobs co-starred on the I Love Kellie Pickler show for three seasons.

After placing sixth in the fifth season of the singing competition American Idol, Pickler went on to have a successful country singing career, her third album 100 Proof recognized as the No. 1 country music album by Rolling Stone in 2012.

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