Country music fans woke up on Nov. 19 to the devastating news that the legendary Mel Tillis had passed away as a result of respiratory failure.
One of those country music fans was country superstar Blake Shelton.
“Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis,” Blake wrote in a series of tweets. “Many, many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert! What a truly devastating loss. I loved Mel. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers to all his family.”
As Blake went on, he touched on the fact that Mel helped him through some tough times of his life.
“He once spent an entire day at his place in Tennessee showing me all the memorabilia he’d gathered over the years where he gave me a pair of his stage boots,” Blake recalled. “He even took time to talk me through some hard times in my life on a couple phone calls. He did his best to try and keep my head on straight. I looked up to Mel more than he could’ve possibly known. A talented songwriter, an incredible entertainer, and a funny, funny guy. It has been a couple years since I saw him last. I deeply regret that now.”
Many other artists expressed their pain over Mel’s passing, including Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gayle and the Bellamy Brothers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved Mel.