Authorities suspect that Kellie Pickler’s husband committed suicide before passing away. He was 49. The Nashville Police Department confirms in a statement shared with PEOPLE that the Department of Emergency Communications was alerted to a home on Friday at 1:21 p.m. local time.
Police and the Nashville Fire Department arrived at the location and found the songwriter “deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” they said in the statement. “His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.”
The 36-year-old former Dancing with the Stars contestant claimed she woke up just before Jacobs but was unable to locate him. According to the statement, she and her assistant attempted to enter a house room but were unable to do so and phoned the police.
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The day before he passed away, Jacobs celebrated a professional accomplishment and uploaded a photo announcing Lee Brice’s Hey World had achieved platinum certification.
“Platinum?! SWEEEET!!! An amazing crew of incredibly talented peeps put this one together…Deeply honored to be a creative part of it…Thank you, Jesus!!!” he captioned the special moment.
Also, he has collaborated with well-known musicians, including Clay Walker, Kelly Clarkson, Randy Travis, Scott McCreery, and Josh Kelley.
Jacobs received nominations for a Grammy Award, a CMA Award, and an ACM Award throughout his career. On January 1, 2011, Pickler and Jacobs exchanged vows in a secret ceremony. They don’t have any kids together. On June 15, 2010, Jacobs proposed to the pair, dating since 2008, when they were on a Florida beach.
“It was the most spiritual moment.” Pickler, who got her start on American Idol, said of the proposal. “We would’ve gotten married that night had a preacher been walking by!”