Stars such as Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Crystal Gale, Charlie Daniels, and others, paid tribute to the late artist on social media.
“Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis,” Shelton wrote on Twitter. “Many many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert!”
One of the most colorful personalities the music business has ever seen, the Country Music Hall of Fame member enjoyed success as a writer, actor, and performer, as well as a comedian during his storied career.
Read more tributes to Tillis below.
Man, one of the coolest guys in country music ever and an extraordinary songwriter! So glad I got a chance to hang out with him a bit early in my career. Thinking about his family… #MelTillis pic.twitter.com/C0opYMRCJX
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) November 19, 2017
Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis. Many many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 19, 2017
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) November 19, 2017
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) November 19, 2017
Rest In Peace: Mel Tillis pic.twitter.com/bmoopjEirh
— Bellamy Brothers (@BellamyBrothers) November 19, 2017
Rest In Peace, my friend Mel Tillis. The Orlando family lost a great friend, and the world lost a great man. pic.twitter.com/WLWtCPHE6n
— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) November 19, 2017
Mel Tillis and I became laughin buddies many years ago! He was truly one of a kind, and it was a real privilege to call him my friend. This is my favorite pic of him hosting “Dirty Joke Night” at my house a few years back… #RIPMELTILLIS #MelTillis @PamTillis @KixBrooks pic.twitter.com/wLsKoj5CGI
— John Rich (@johnrich) November 19, 2017
— Meghan Linsey (@meghanlinsey) November 19, 2017
— Gretchen Peters (@gretchenpeters) November 19, 2017
Mel Tillis, you will be missed by so many of us you touched over the years.
Rest in peace my friend.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 19, 2017
Awww…I loved Mel Tillis! What a bright light he was to Country Music. May he rest peacefully in the presence of our everlasting Father. May God comfort his family and friends and fans. #RIP #MelTillis
— Dixie Lee (TRUMP) (@DixieLeeMusic) November 19, 2017