His death has been ruled a suicide and his wife, Kellie Pickler, has been devastated. He was 49.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE, the Nashville Police Department confirmed that at 1:12:21 local time on Friday, the Department of Emergency Communications received a call from a residence.
After responding to the scene, police and firefighters from Nashville stated they discovered the songwriter “deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
“His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.”
The 36-year-old country singer and anchor of SiriusXM’s The Highway told police that she woke up shortly beforehand but couldn’t locate Jacobs. The statement claims that she and her personal assistant called the police when they were unable to enter a specific room in the residence.
The day before he passed away, Jacobs posted a celebratory Instagram in which he shared a photo announcing that Lee Brice’s Hey World had been certified platinum.
“Platinum?! SWEEEET!!! An amazing crew of incredibly talented peeps put this one together… Deeply honored to be a creative part of it… Thank you Jesus!!!” he captioned the special moment.
According to Music City Hitmakers, Jacobs moved to Nashville from Minneapolis in the year 2000.
The songs “More Than Memory” (a 2007 hit for Garth Brooks) and “Still” (a 2010 smash for Tim McGraw) were both written by him.
Jacobs had also collaborated with celebrities including Kelly Clarkson, Randy Travis, Scotty McCreery, Josh Kelley, and Clay Walker.
Jacobs has had three award nominations, won a Country Music Association award, and an Academy of Country Music award over the course of his career.
A surprise wedding took place between Pickler and Jacobs on January 1, 2011.
After dating since 2008, the pair finally became engaged on June 15, 2010, when Jacobs proposed while vacationing in Florida.
“It was the most spiritual moment.” Pickler, who got her start on American Idol, said of the proposal. “We would’ve gotten married that night had there been a preacher walking by!”
Days after getting married, Pickler tweeted, “Private Island. Caribbean. Cigar in one hand, Rum in the other. Someone just called me “Mrs. Jacobs.”….sounds nice :)”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.
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