Don Williams Cause of Death: How Did The Country Star Die?

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Don Williams performs onstage during 2013 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival held at The Empire Polo Club

Legendary musician and Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams has passed away at the age of 78. Williams’ rep confirmed the news in a release, and said that the singer died following a short illness. The exact illness is not known at this time.

Williams spent seven years in the folk-style trio The Pozo Seco Singers, before moving to Nashville in 1970. By 1971, Williams had a songwriting contract with the the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year, Williams signed a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records.

In 1973, Williams made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” and had his first chart-topper with 1974’s “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.” From then until 1991, every one of Williams’ singles hit the Top-40 on the Billboard charts. Williams went on to have 17 Number One singles in his career.

Williams was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978.

Williams, whose nickname became “The Gentle Giant” also stared in 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

Williams recorded his biggest hit with 1981’s “I Believe In You.” The song topped the Country charts, but also crossed over and reached No. 24 on the Hot 100.

Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He released And So It Goes in 2012 and Reflections in 2014. The albums included contributions from Alison Krauss, Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Album charts.

In 2016, Williams was hit with a series of health issues. He postponed his tour to have hip replacement surgery. He ultimately canceled the tour and announced his retirement from live performances in March.

In 2017, Williams was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists like Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Allison Krauss and Trisha Yearwood.

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Alan E Ross

THE GENTEL GIANT , DON WILLIAMS , HE’S , NOW GONE HOME TO HIS LORD GOD IN HEAVEN I BELIEVE,, BUT HE LEFT HIS MUSIC ,,,A FOREVER GIFT , HIS SMOOTH SOUND OF SONGS WERE & ARE SO ENJOYABLE TO LISTEN TO HIS EVERY WORD ,, GAVE US ALL SUCH A GREAT GIFT OF HIS MUSIC ,,,HE WILL BE MISSED, ,,,AN WE’LL WONDER WHAT ELSE HE WOULD HAVE WRITTEN ,, …however With all that he has written and sang for us all ,, was actually more then enough as to say what kind of MAN HE WAS .

…I have always loved his Music ,,, it was most always so humble ,,,as he was ,,,, AS HE SPOKE FEW WORDS ,,, BUT MADE UP FOR THAT IN A SONG , ,,, his SPIRIT REFLECTED HIS MUSIC ,, & his MUSIC REFLECTED He was , YES ,he was a legion in his own time it was 1989 when I had moved to ASHLAND CITY , TN .. I HAD BOUGHT A CABIN AND LAND THERE,, NOT FAR FROM DON’S HOME ALSO IN ASHLAND CITY ,,,

, I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I WALKED INTO A STORE ONE DAY AND THERE HE WAS I’T WAS A GREAT HONER TO HAVE MET HIM THERE IN THAT LITTLE STORE, just a LOCAL Store in ASHLAND CITY where DON HAD LIVED ,,, AS HE CASUIALLY WAS WALKING THROUGH THE STORE LIKE ANYONE ELSE WITH OUT BEING MOBED, I RECONIZED HIM AND SAID HELLO TO HIM LIKE WE WERE OLD FRIENDS ,,,AN WE TALKED FOR A very LITTLE WHILE ,, SMALL TALK AND HIS SONGS OF BEING APPREACATION ,,AN HE GENTLY SMILED AT ME WITH FEW WORDS an THEN ,he slowly walked down the isles to do his own shopping

, , THAT’ ‘S THE WAY HE WAS ,,,,A MAN OF FEW WORDS ,,BUT DEEP FEELING FOR HUMANITY , ‘ GOD, and LIFE ,,,,,,, YES ,,THAT WAS THE GENTAL GIANT ,,, ,,HE LOVED LIFE, NATURE & GOD EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM ,,SPELLED LOVE OF LIFE & GOD,, THANK YOU DON ,,,WE’ ARE GOING TO MISS YOU ,, AS YOU joined THE MANY now gone BEFORE YOU , and I Know , Jesus took you by your hand to lead you home ,, and no more pain ,,, You were a good servant to God .. ..,,

AN they sang years back > ??NOW ….WHO’S GOING TO FILL YOUR SHOES ?? , why ? > NO ONE CAN or will ,, only THE Music will be shared .., and ,. again ,,Thank you ,,and God Bless you ..Don , YOU , ” have done well and your reward is Forever life with God & Jesus …… .yes ,…… THERE WAS ONLY ONE DON WILLIAMS, …..GOD BLESS YOU DON, ,,,& KEEP YOU as he took you > ,, HOME ,, & , WHERE THE GOOD OLD BOYS LIKE YOU WILL .GO ……….MAY YOU NOW … R I P AMEN … …

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Alan E Ross

( A EDITED CORRECTION AN ADDED ) DON WILLIAMS THE GENTEL GIANT , ‘ , YES , HE’S , NOW GONE HOME TO HIS LORD GOD IN HEAVEN I BELIEVE,, BUT HE LEFT HIS MUSIC ,,,A FOREVER GIFT , & HIS SMOOTH SOUND OF SONGS WERE & ARE SO ENJOYABLE TO LISTEN TO HIS EVERY WORD AS > HIS VOICE NEVER FAILED HIM , ‘ GOD ,, GAVE US ALL SUCH A GREAT GIFT , HIS MUS IC , HIS SONGS ,,HIS INCREDABLE BARRON VOICE ,,, ,ALWAYS SOUNDED GREAT …. A LEDGIN in his time ….,,HE WILL BE MISSED, ,,,AN WE’LL WONDER WHAT ELSE HE WOULD HAVE WRITTEN ??? ,, …No ,, it was time to retire ,,,he said it all ,with so many songs With all that he has written and sang for us all ,, was actually more then enough as to say what kind of MAN HE WAS .,, A MAN OF FEW WORDS , IN CONVERSATION,, BUT MADE UP FOR IT IN SONGS ,,,,AS HE PROJECTED SONGS OF LOVE ,,AND POSITIVE FEED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO COME ,,, IF THE WORLD SHOULD LAST SO LONG ,,,, YES ,,NOW HE’S GONE ,, BUT NOT THAT FAR ,,,HE JUST WENT HOME ,,,,ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE ,,,WHERE THE GOOD OLD BOYS & GIRLS WILL LIE DOWN AMONG GREENER PASTURES ,,,,, & SONGS OF LOVE

…I have always loved his Music ,,, it was most always so humble ,,,as he was ,,,, AS HE SPOKE FEW WORDS ,,, BUT MADE UP FOR THAT IN A SONG , ,,, his SPIRIT REFLECTED HIS MUSIC ,, & his MUSIC REFLECTED He was , YES ,he was a legion in his own time it was 1989 when I had moved to ASHLAND CITY , TN .. I HAD BOUGHT A CABIN AND LAND THERE,, NOT FAR FROM DON’S HOME ALSO IN ASHLAND CITY ,,,

, I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I WALKED INTO A STORE ONE DAY AND THERE HE WAS I’T WAS A GREAT HONER TO HAVE MET HIM THERE IN THAT LITTLE STORE, just a LOCAL Store in ASHLAND CITY where DON HAD LIVED ,,, AS HE CASUIALLY WAS WALKING THROUGH THE STORE LIKE ANYONE ELSE WITH OUT BEING MOBED, I RECONIZED HIM AND SAID HELLO TO HIM LIKE WE WERE OLD FRIENDS ,,,AN WE TALKED FOR A very LITTLE WHILE ,, SMALL TALK AND HIS SONGS OF BEING APPREACATION ,,AN HE GENTLY SMILED AT ME WITH FEW WORDS an THEN ,he slowly walked down the isles to do his own shopping

, , THAT’ ‘S THE WAY HE WAS ,,,,A MAN OF FEW WORDS ,,BUT DEEP FEELING FOR HUMANITY , ‘ GOD, and LIFE ,,,,,,, YES ,,THAT WAS THE GENTAL GIANT ,,, ,,HE LOVED LIFE, NATURE & GOD EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM ,,SPELLED LOVE OF LIFE & GOD,, THANK YOU DON ,,,WE’ ARE GOING TO MISS YOU ,, AS YOU joined THE MANY now gone BEFORE YOU , and I Know , Jesus took you by your hand to lead you home ,, and no more pain ,,, You were a good servant to God .. ..,,

AN they sang years back > ??NOW ….WHO’S GOING TO FILL YOUR SHOES ?? , why ? > NO ONE CAN or will ,, only THE Music will be shared .., and ,. again ,,Thank you ,,and God Bless you ..Don , YOU , ” have done well and your reward is Forever life with God & Jesus …… .yes ,…… THERE WAS ONLY ONE DON WILLIAMS, …..GOD BLESS YOU DON, ,,,& KEEP YOU as he took you > ,, HOME ,, & , WHERE THE GOOD OLD BOYS LIKE YOU WILL .GO ……….MAY YOU NOW … R I P AMEN … …

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mayor

So sad to hear that my man Donald ray Williams is dead, may God grand his families and friends to bear this irreparable loss.

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Dayna Emery

He has been my favorite singer for probably 30 years. There will never be another. He was one of a kind. I believe with all my heart he has gone home. Rest in the arms of Jesus Mr. Williams!!!!!!!

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Chilinga Luuma Lwiindi

Breaks my heart, His songs shall live the taste of time. Every piece of song sang by him i would sing along, i would yearn to listen to any latest piece he had sang. now he is gone i leave sing along every time time hear his song because my ears are sensitive to his songs. My his earthly works live and his body rest in the dust of the soil.

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