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Our hearts go out to Alan Jackson and his family as they mourn the passing of Alan’s mother, Ruth Musik Jackson, know to most as “Mama Ruth.”

Alan shared the sad news on his website, where we have learned that Mrs. Jackson passed away peacefully at her Newnan, Georgia, home on the morning of Jan. 7 at the age of 86.

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The country star often referred to his mother in the lyrics of songs like “Home,” but she was also the inspiration for his No. 1, platinum-selling gospel album “Precious Memories.” The album was originally intended to be a Mother’s Day present for Mama Ruth, but when his record label heard it, they asked to release it commercially. It was awarded Country Album of the Year at the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Alan released a second volume of “Precious Memories” in 2013.

In addition to Alan, Mama Ruth and husband Eugene had four daughters—Diane, Cathy, Carol and Connie. Their humble lifestyle and home became the source and inspiration for many of Alan’s songs including “Home” and “Chasing That Neon Rainbow,” and the sweet, southern lady often welcomed fans to her front porch for a glass of sweet tea when the passed by to see the superstar’s childhood home.

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Alan’s father, Eugene, passed away in 2000 and last spring, his wife Denise’s mother, Nell, passed away at the age of 94.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson and Musik families during this heartbreaking time.

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