Doug Supernaw, ’90s Country Star, Dead at Age 60

by Jennifer Shea

Country singer Doug Supernaw died Friday morning at age 60.

Supernaw had been battling lung and bladder cancer the past two years, People magazine reported. Doctors placed him on an “aggressive treatment schedule” before turning to hospice care this October after the cancer grew.

Supernaw Had Multiple Hit Songs

“Doug was a mainstay of country music in the ’90s,” his Gold Record label said in a statement. “After an almost twenty-year hiatus from the music scene, Doug was looking to record and perform live again.

The musician released his debut album, “Red and Rio Grande,” in 1993. It was certified gold. 

Supernaw is known for the hit songs “Reno,” “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” and “Not Enough Hours in the Night.” The music video for the No. 1 hit “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” included Supernaw’s real son, according to the Associated Press.

He racked up nominations from the Academy of Country Music for New Male Artist and Song of the Year in 1993. And his third album yielded a Top 5 Country hit song.

Country Musicians Mourn His Passing

Country music artists mourned Supernaw’s passing.

“I’m sad today for the loss of my friend Doug Supernaw. He went to be with Jesus early this morning,” posted country musician Doug Stone, tweeting a photo of the two of them. “Cissy, Jade and I will be here for you. Whatever you need! This one hurts.”

Supernaw grew up in Texas and also died there. He got his start working as a concert promoter in the Lone Star State before moving to Nashville to be a staff writer for a music publishing company, according to the AP. But then he moved back to Texas to focus on performing. It was there that he first drew the interest of a record label.

His son Phillip Supernaw was a tight end for the Tennessee Titans until 2018. Supernaw is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.