Country Music Icon Charlie Robison Dead at 59

Charlie Robison, 59, a Texas singer-songwriter who rose to fame with his rootsy anthems only to have his singing career interrupted by health issues, died on Sunday. In his place, Robison leaves a significant mark on the country music industry with his songwriting talent and his unique, rugged sound.

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What was the cause of Charlie Robison’s death?

Charlie Robison, 59, passed away due to cardiac arrest and other complications at a hospital in San Antonio, according to a family representative. He is survived by his wife Kristen and his four children: three with his ex-wife Emily Strayer, who was one of the founding members of The Chicks, and one with Kristen. Robison and Strayer divorced in 2008 and many of the singer-songwriter’s songs were inspired by her. Memorial services have not yet been announced.

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Charlie Robison: A Musical Life

Charlie Robison began his musical career in the late 1980s, playing in local Austin bands like Two Hoots and a Holler before founding his own Millionaire Playboys. In 1996, he released his first solo album, Bandera, named for the Texas town where his family ranch is located. In 2001, after he was approached by Sony, the star signed with the imprint Lucky Dog which was dedicated to unadulterated country music.

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His album, Step Right Up, produced his only Top 40 country song and was released in 2001. In 2018, Robison revealed that he had permanently lost his ability to sing after a throat-related surgical procedure. “Therefore,” he wrote on Facebook, “with a very heavy heart I am officially retiring from the stage and studio.” The star has also served as a judge on USA Network’s Nashville Star previously, a reality show in which contestants lived together while vying for a country music recording contract.