Mac Davis, Legendary Country Singer-Songwriter, Dead At 78

Legendary country singer-songwriter Mac Davis has died. He was 78.

As reported by TMZ, who confirmed the news early Wednesday morning (September 30), Davis died following a heart surgery the day before, according to his manager, Jim Morey. Davis became “critically ill” after undergoing an operation in Nashville on Tuesday and was unable to recover.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis," Morey wrote in a statement on Facebook. "He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody."

In his lifetime, the Texas native, who rose to prominence as a country singer-songwriter in the ‘60s and ‘70s, is best known for penning hits for Elvis Presley, including “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation.” Among Davis’ other notable songwriting credits range from Kenny Rogers and The First Edition’s “Something’s Burning,” Glen Campbell’s “Everything a Man Could Ever Need,” as well as his 1989 duet with Dolly Parton, “Wait ’Til I Get You Home.”

Apart from writing smash songs for other artists, Davis released many successful tunes of his own, including “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “Stop and Smell the Roses.” Additionally, the entertainer made several movie appearances in films like Cheaper to Keep Her, Jackpot, Beer for Horses, and also hosted NBC’s The Mac Davis Show from 1974-76.

In 2000, Davis’ extensive contributions to country music garnered him a spot in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Davis is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lise; sons Scott, Noah and Cody; daughters-in-law, Tammy, Amy, Cassia; granddaughter Lindsey; mother Edith and sister Linda.

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