Honky-tonk singer Gary Stewart was found dead Tuesday (Dec. 16) in his home in Ft. Pierce, Fla., of an apparent suicide. He was 59.

Honky-tonk singer Gary Stewart was found dead Tuesday (Dec. 16) in his home in Ft. Pierce, Fla., of an apparent suicide. He was 59.

Stewart is credited with helping revive the rough, roadhouse style of country music during the 1970s, after it had fallen from fashion on mainstream radio during the previous decade.

Stewart began his career in 1964 with the tiny Cory label. In 1973, he was discovered by former RCA Nashville chief Jerry Bradley, who signed him to the label. Stewart placed 30 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1973-89. He is best known for his hits "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," "Out of Hand" and "Drinkin' Thing."

Stewart is survived by one daughter.

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