Tom T. Hall’s heartbreaking manner of death was ruled months after his death in August 2021.
Hall’s son, Dean Hall, first confirmed the news on Twitter (per Yahoo!), saying that the Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter was found dead inside his home in Franklin, Tennessee. At that time, no one confirmed the cause and manner of his death.
But a few months after the event, the Williamson County Medical Examiner’s office finally confirmed what truly led to the songwriter’s death.
A spokesperson for the Medical Examiner’s office told Rolling Stone that the 85-year-old took his own life, thus, making his manner of death a suicide. In the medical reports obtained by the country music blog Saving Country Music, someone made a 911 call at 11:15 a.m on Aug. 20, 2021.
Unfortunately, the paramedics who responded to the scene pronounced Hall’s death at 11:33 due to severe injuries.
A Look Back To Tom T. Hall’s Legacy
Born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, Hall eventually found himself working as a country music songwriter, earning him the nickname “The Storyteller.”
In his active years, he helmed several hit songs for renowned singers and performers, including “Harper Valley PTA,” “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine,” and “The Year Clayton Delaney Died.”
In 1975, he scored people’s attention again after his “I Like Beer” became a top hit.
He had been a member of Grand Ole Opry since 1971, and it made him more suitable to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. A year later, he became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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His death indeed left several musicians incomplete, especially since the country music industry will never be the same again without the “Storyteller.”
Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood wrote in August, “Damn. The greatest storyteller songwriter of all time. A writer’s writer. There’s at least a dozen categories of song that he wrote arguably the best ever example of.”
Meanwhile, the Country Music Association CEO noted that only a few could tell stories like how Hall did it.
“As a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, he was one of those triple threat artists who continued to make an impact on the next generation. I’ll always remember growing up listening to Tom T.’s music with my father, who was a huge bluegrass and country fan,” she went on, as quoted by Variety.
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