Country music singer Travis Tritt has offered some heartfelt words about the death of Mac Davis, who wrote several hit Elvis Presley songs before going on to his own career as a country musician and actor.
“Very sad tonight!” Tritt tweeted. “I just heard that legendary singer, songwriter, and actor, Mac Davis has passed away after heart surgery. I grew up watching The Mac Davis show and loving his talent. This is heartbreaking!”
Davis was known for the Presley songs “A Little Less Conversation,” “Don’t Cry, Daddy,” “In the Ghetto” and “Memories.” After his work for Presley, Davis had a successful run as a chart-topping singer and songwriter. He received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music in 1974.
As an actor, Davis appeared on “The Mac Davis Show,” “That ’70s Show,” “King of the Hill” and “8 Simple Rules.” He also played opposite Nick Nolte in “North Dallas Forty.”
Davis had become critically ill after a heart surgery operation in Nashville, the New York Post reported. He was 78 years old.
His manager Jim Morey released a statement on the musician’s death.
“He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend,” Morey said, according to UPI. “I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor. When there was a tough decision to be made he often told me, ‘You decide… I’m going to the golf course.'”
Tritt joined a wide array of country stars paying tribute to Davis. Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, and others also chimed in with poignant tweets and statements.