Country legend Lonnie Melvin ("Mel") Tillis died this morning in Ocala, Florida, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered", he said.
"Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy and laughter and music, which is why his death brings such sadness", said Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young.
In 2007, Tillis' daughter Pam, who is also a country singer, inducted her father into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.
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He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed as a baker in Okinawa, where he formed a band called the Westerners. According to his website, his career launched in 1956 when Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Tillis.
His first big hit as a songwriter was "I'm exhausted", which was recorded that same year by Webb Pierce, who went on to record several more of Tillis's compositions. His stutter became a trademark that Tillis mined for laughs, although it disappeared when he sang.
Tillis wrote more than 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't You Take Your Love To Town"), George Strait ("Thoughts Of A Fool") and Ricky Skaggs ("Honey, Open That Door"). He also briefly co-hosted an ABC prime-time series, "Mel and Susan Together", with supermodel Susan Anton in 1978.
He also dabbled in acting, appearing in such feature films as Clint Eastwood's "Every Which Way But Loose", and the Burt Reynolds movies "Cannonball Run I and II" and "Smokey and the Bandit II".