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Kellie Pickler's husband, Kyle Jacobs, dead at 49: 'His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide'

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Kyle Jacobs, the husband of country music artist Kellie Pickler, has died in what authorities say appears to have been a suicide.

A statement from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department noted that the 49-year-old man appeared to have fatally shot himself.

"Nashville’s Department of Emergency Communications received a 911 call at 1:21 p.m. Friday from a home on Sneed Road in the police department’s West Precinct," the statement said, according to Billboard. "Officers and Nashville Fire Department personnel responded and located resident Kyle Jacobs, 49, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom/office. His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide,” the statement begins."

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

According to Variety, Jacobs cowrote country music legend Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" and country superstar Tim McGraw's "Still."

Pickler rose to fame when she competed on the popular singing competition television show "American Idol."

The couple was married in 2011.

"The Academy is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kyle Jacobs, a talented Nashville songwriter & producer and the husband of Kellie Pickler," the Academy of County Music tweeted. "In 2014 Jacobs won an ACM Award as producer of Lee Brice's 'I Drive Your Truck.' Join us in sending condolences, love & healing."

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