Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Tom T. Hall died this past August at the age of 85, and now his cause of death has been revealed. According to the Williamson County Medical Examiner’s office, Tom took his own life at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, with the report noting his “manner of death was ruled a suicide.”
Hall was best known for writing Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 crossover smash “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” as well as his own crossover hit, 1974’s “I Love.” He had 50 songs land on the “Billboard” Hot Country Songs chart, with “I Love” his highest charter, at 12.
Hall was been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. He also became a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978, the Kentucky Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and was honored by the ACM with the poet’s award in 2010.