Singer Kellie Pickler opened up about the death of her songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs who died by suicide.
In an exclusive statement to People on Thursday, Pickler, 37, shared “one of the most beautiful lessons” her late husband, whom she married in 2011, taught her “in a moment of a crisis.”
“If you don’t know what to do, ‘do nothing, just be still.’ I have chosen to heed his advice,” she said.
The “Red High Heels” singer thanked her friends, family, and supporters for their support.
“It has truly touched my soul and it’s helping me get through the darkest time in my life. As many of you have told me, you are all in my prayers,” she added.
Additionally, Pickler revealed she is planning “an intimate memorial” for her husband which will take place “later this fall.”
“That is what Kyle would have wanted,” she said.
Jacobs died on Feb. 17 at the age of 49, according to People.
In an autopsy report obtained by the outlet confirming his suicide, no drugs were in his system, but he did have a history of “pseudoseizures, gastrointestinal bleeding, elevated liver enzymes, and chronic alcohol use.” According to Taste of Country, the autopsy stated he “suffered a self-inflicted shotgun wound.”
In an interview with The Boot in 2011, Pickler gushed over Jacobs.
He makes me feel so, so great about myself,” she said.
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Pickler added she feels “so beautiful when I’m with him.”
“He always tells me he likes me better with no makeup on and sweatpants. He makes me feel the most beautiful when I’m with him,” she shared, adding “As long as I’m healthy, then he is fine with whatever I wear.”
Picker opened up about him expressing his feelings for her in a journal.
“He’s been doing it since before we got engaged and [then] I started a journal for him,” she explained. “It’s one of those things you write in not for any special occasion but just because you love one another.”
She continued, “It shouldn’t take holidays for you to act like you like each other and be nice to one another. You should be like that every day.”
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