Mickey Gilley has sadly died.
The country music singer passed away on Saturday (May 7) in Branson, Missouri, his publicist confirmed to CNN. He was 86-years-old.
His publicist said that Mickey “passed peacefully” surrounded by family and close friends at his home.
Mickey was best known as the pioneer of the “urban cowboy” style and had 17 No. 1 country records, starting with “Room Full of Roses” in 1974.
His honky tonk club in Pasadena, Texas, was also the set of the hit 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta.
Shortly after Mickey‘s death was announced, Jeff Wagner, the Mayor of Pasadena, took to Facebook to honor the late country music singer.
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“Pasadena has lost a true legend. Mickey Gilley passed away today, surrounded by his loved ones. It was my great honor to know this man most of my life,” Mayor Wagner wrote. “Mickey was a true musical talent who charted 42 singles in the Top 40 Country Charts over a span of two decades. His talent and larger-than-life personality helped ignite a new interest in country music as he introduced the world to Pasadena through his dance hall and ‘Urban Cowboy’ in 1980. We were so honored to have Mickey perform at our State of the City in February, 2020. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with Mickey’s family, his loved ones and his fans.”
Our thoughts are with Mickey Gilley‘s loved ones during this difficult time.