Nearly five months after the passing of country legend Tom T. Hall, the official cause of death has been released.
As previously reported, Tom T. Hall’s son, Dean Hall, revealed that his father passed away at his home in Franklin Tennessee on August 20th. The country singer was 85-years-old at the time of his death. There were no other details about his passing.
According to Saving Country Music, the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office in Tennessee confirmed that Tom T. Hall died at the age of 85 from an apparent suicide. It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The media outlet reported that in the medical report it recently obtained, it was revealed that a 911 call was placed at 11:15 a.m. on August 20th. Paramedics notably confirmed the death of Hall at approximately 11:33 due to “obvious” injuries.
Saving Country Music further reveals that following his father’s death, Tom T Hall’s son, Dean Hall, deleted his social media accounts. The country singer’s death comes more than six years after that of songwriter and his wife, Dixie Hall who passed away from a longtime illness. She was 80-years-old at the time.
Hall notably received the moniker “The Storyteller” from Tex Ritter. He was also made a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1971. Hall notably wrote songs for various country stars. This included Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Alan Jackson.
Tom T. Hall Opened Up About His Songwriting Skills
During a 1998 interview with Furious.com, Tom T. Hall spoke about his songwriting skills throughout the years and how he believes songwriters, in general, are philosophers. “I think the nature of songwriters is that they are philosophers. And philosophers have a bent towards poetry and songwriting. So I think the two run around together.”
The singer also stated that the nature of a songwriter could be philosophical as well. “Looking for universal ideas. A way to say things. Get the story across as a means of entertaining. Provoking throughout.”
When asked what compelled him to start songwriting, Tom T. Hall said, “The first time with artistic endeavors is if it’s working it was your idea. And if its’ not, it’s somebody else’s idea. That’s human nature in any type of endeavor. If I’m not being too philosophical here.”
He then recalled going to his publisher one day to discuss his songwriting skills. “I said, ‘I think I’ll go back into radio and just write radio copy and live a normal life.’ And he reminded me. He said, ‘What’s your idea of being a songwriter is what’s mine.”
In regards to his writer’s block in 1966, Tom T. Hall stated that he went through an entire process trying to get the words to flow again. “I’ve been through the whole process. In the sixties, I changed my way. When I got to Nashville, I was trying to write songs and I was looking around. I’d writing 20,000 30-second and 1-minute commercials and that’s great training for a songwriter.”