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Keith Whitley

Keith WhitleyAKA Jackie Keith Whitley

Born: 1-Jul-1955
Birthplace: Ashland, KY
Died: 9-May-1989
Location of death: Goodlettsville, TN [1]
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Country Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Don't Close Your Eyes

Died face-down on his bed at home with a blood alcohol level of .477, nearly five times the legal limit.

"Keith Whitley's lurid obsession with pornography and sex with strangers when he was drunk may be far more than you really want to know about the late country star, but Lorrie Morgan, his long-suffering superstar spouse, wants you to share her pain. Her book, Forever Yours, Faithfully, is subtitled My Love Story, and is less an autobiography than it is a harrowing account of her life with the brilliant, out-of-control Whitley."[2]


[1] Often erroneously given as Nashville.

[2] Shirley Jinkins, "A Country Music Love Story of Death, Drinking and Devotion", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 October 1997.

Father: Elmer Whitley
Mother: Faye
Brother: Dwight
Sister: Mary Whitley Bailey
Brother: Randy (d. 1983)
Wife: Lorrie Morgan (singer, m. 22-Nov-1986, until his death, one son)
Son: Jesse Keith Whitley

    High School: Sandy Hook High School, Sandy Hook, KY

    Autopsy
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

Selected albums:
A Hard Act to Follow (1984)
L.A. to Miami (1985)
Don't Close Your Eyes (1988)
I Wonder Do You Think of Me (1989)
Greatest Hits (1990)
Kentucky Bluebird (1991)
Wherever You Are Tonight (1995)
Super Hits (1995)



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