12 Country Music Stars With Truly Tragic Pasts

  
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Country music isn’t all sunshine, beer drinkin’ and tractor driving. The genre is marked by heavy and emotional songs and, while this has given fans many of their favorite hits and ballads, sadly it comes straight from the lives of the stars singing them. Many of country music’s biggest stars live the life of glamor and fame but, behind that, linger some horrible tragedies, which they have dealt with. From difficult childhoods to unbelievable personal losses, these stars have overcome, or attempted to overcome, the unthinkable when it comes to tragedy in their lives. Check Out 12 Country Music Stars With Truly Tragic Pasts.

12. Whitney Duncan

Whitney Duncan is relatively new to the country music scene after she finished in fifth place on Nashville Star in 2007 and self-released her debut album. While dealing with the hardships of a career in the music business, she also had to deal with the loss of a loved one. In 2011, Duncan’s cousin Holly Bobo went missing, a case that made headlines for years, as it took three years until Bobo’s remains were found on September 7, 2014. Three people have been charged with Bobo’s murder and the investigation into her disappearance and death continues.

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11. Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire may be one of the most iconic female country stars of her generation and is known for her infectious humor, smile and good nature; however, behind that smile lies a tragedy. On March 16, 1991, while on tour for her album Rumor Has It, McEntire lost eight members of her band, as well as her manager, and a pilot and co-pilot in a  plane crash near San Diego. McEntire and her husband were not on the doomed flight, which crashed due to poor visibility only minutes after leaving the airport. McEntire dedicated her sixteenth album, For My Broken Heart, to her deceased road band.

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Photo by Amy Harris/REX

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