Jody Miller, the “hitmaker” country music singer who won Gramma for “Queen of the House,” passed away this Thursday. Read on to know how did Jody Miller die, what happened to her, and what was the cause of her death.
Miller had a celebrated career spanning several decades. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Tributes have emerged on social media following the unfortunate news of the hitmaker’s demise.
How did Jody Miller die?
Jody Miller died on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at her home in Blanchard, Oklahoma. She suffered from Parkinson’s disease. She was 80 years old. The condition was diagnosed seven years prior to her death yesterday.
Miller was surrounded by her family at the time of her death and passed away peacefully.
Jody Miller has died at age 80. https://t.co/3w1xVF6bh0— billboard (@billboard) October 6, 2022
Her longtime representative Jennifer McMullen announced the tragic news of Jody Miller’s death while paying tribute. “Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated,” she said.
“She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and communicate with the most beautiful tones and inflection. She made it look and sound so easy that it sometimes takes a moment to realize the greatness of what you are hearing. But she was just as authentic and exceptional in her own life as she was on stage and on record.”
Jody Miller dead at 80: What was her cause of death?
Jody Miller suffered from Parkinson’s disease prior to her death which was diagnosed seven years ago. It is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and causes problems like shaking stiffness, and other issues that worsen over time.
Miller’s condition had been deteriorating lately due to her old age and other health issues. Eventually, she passed away this Thursday and left for her heavenly abode.
Jody Miller Had a Decades-Long Successful Music Career
Myrna Joy Miller (later got famous as Jody Miller) was born on November 29, 1941, in Phoenix, Arizona. She got birth into a transplanted Oklahoma
Her father was a mechanic who created and played fiddles while her mother used to sing. She harmonized with her mother and her four elder sisters. Miller signed with Capitol Records as a folk artist in 1962 and released her debut album “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe” the following year.
In 1964, she released “He Walks Like a Man” which earned her first Billboard Hot 100 entry. Miller went on to perform for more than six decades where she produced 27 entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart including six top 10 singles.
She toured with the Beach Boys and performed at President George H.W. Bush’s inauguration in 1989. Her 1965 teen protest song “Home of the Brave” was her best-selling single while “Long Black Limousine” is a close second.
However, “Queen of the House,” the song she won a Grammy for in 1966 will always be remembered as her memoir. It was released as an answer to the hit “King of the Road” by Roger Miller. It opened up a crossover career for Jody.
She was also nominated for two other Grammy Awards. She retired in the 1980s to spend more time with her family. However, after the death of her husband in 2014, she started performing with her daughter and her two grandchildren as Jody Miller & Three Generations.
Jody Miller Survivors and Funeral Details
Jody Miller’s funeral arrangements are unannounced at the time. Fans and friends can visit the late country music singer for the last time this week. We’ll update her funeral details here once the family releases the information.
Jody Miller is survived by her sisters Carol Cooper and Vivian Cole, daughter Robin Brooks Sullivan, her husband Shawn Sullivan, grandson Montana Sullivan and granddaughter Layla Sullivan.
Tributes are coming from across the globe for the late singer. May God let her soul rest in peace. Our heart goes out to her family.