Kellie Pickler’s Husband Kyle Jacobs' Cause of Death Revealed

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The former 'American Idol' star's husband died Feb. 17. He was 49.

An autopsy report for country singer Kellie Pickler's husband, Kyle Jacobs, confirmed the songwriter died by suicide. 

According to Taste of Country, toxicology results reveal Jacobs had no drugs in his system at the time of his death. However, the outlet reports that Jacobs did have a history of "pseudoseizures, gastrointestinal bleeding, elevated liver enzymes, and chronic alcohol use."

On Feb. 17, 2023, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told ET that Jacobs was found dead at the couple's home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 49. 

Police told ET that, after being called to the home, they discovered Jacobs "deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom/office." Police added that "his death is being investigated as an apparent suicide."

"Mr. Jacobs' wife, Kellie Pickler, reported that she awoke a short time earlier, did not see her husband, and began looking for him," police said. "After she and her personal assistant were unable to open the door to the upstairs bedroom/office, the assistant telephoned 911."

Pickler, an American Idol alum, and Jacobs tied the knot in 2011, and co-starred on I Love Kellie Pickler from 2015 to 2017. In addition, Jacobs was a songwriter, having penned tracks for stars including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson.

The Academy of Country Music spoke out on Twitter after news of Jacobs' death broke.

"The Academy is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kyle Jacobs, a talented Nashville songwriter & producer and the husband of Kellie Pickler," the ACM tweeted. "In 2014 Jacobs won an ACM Award as producer of Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck." Join us in sending condolences, love & healing."

Country Music Television also tweeted, writing, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Kellie Pickler and the rest of the Jacobs family."

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to