The first country star to ever have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame died on Monday (Feb. 22) at age 87. According the statement on his official website, the “Young Love” singer passed away from natural causes while surrounded by family and friends at the Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and famously known as the “Southern Gentleman,” James earned his legendary status in the country world by having 26 #1 hit singles. He still holds the record for having the most consecutive top of the chart hits by any musical artist, in any musical genre.
His family put out the following statement after the news hit:
“Throughout his life he has stood always at the ready to share a funny story. Accompanied by his boyish smile, this man of deep faith never failed to cultivate his unique gift of making every friend feel as if they were his greatest friend every step of the way. With immense admiration we say thanks to this dear and beloved friend to so many. No words exist to express our loss and sorrow at this time.”