Country music great Guy Clark dies at 74

Singer-songwriter passed in Nashville on Tuesday (May 17)

Country musician Guy Clark has passed away at the age of 74.

The Texas-born singer-songwriter was a legend in the Nashville scene, where he had lived since the ’70s. Clark is credited as mentoring a number of Nashville singers through several decades and his songs were covered by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and others.

Clark died in Nashville on Tuesday (May 17). His passing was confirmed by his official Facebook page. Local newspaper The Tennessean cite the cause of death as “a long illness”, adding that Clark “had been in declining health for years, including a lengthy cancer battle”.

“For more than 40 years, the Clark home was a gathering place for songwriters, folk singers, artists and misfits; many who sat at the feet of the master songwriter in his element, willing Guy’s essence into their own pens,” a statement on his website reads.

“Throughout his long and extraordinary career, Guy Clark blazed a trail for original and groundbreaking artists and troubadours.”

Clark’s final album ‘My Favorite Picture of You’ was released in 2013. It was inspired by a photograph of his late wife and fellow musician Susanna, who died of cancer in 2012.