The country music community is mourning the passing of a prominent legend

The country music community has learned that legendary producer, musician, writer and artist Billy Joe Walker Jr. passed away in the morning hours of July 25 at the age of 64.

According to CMT, Billy Joe had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing.

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As a producer, Billy Joe worked on projects for great artists from the early 2000s, including Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bryan White, Pam Tillis and the late Mindy McCready. His songwriting earned him cuts with popular stars like Trisha Yearwood, Jerrod Niemann, Tanya Tucker and Billy Currington. He was also a gifted guitar picker who played with some of country’s icons, including Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle.

A devastated Travis Tritt shared his heartbreak on social media.

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Billy Joe Walker Jr. coproduced or played guitar on nearly every album I've ever done since the early 90's. Moreover, he was my friend. RIP

1:11 PM - Jul 25, 2017

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I'm so devastated to learn that my long time producer, Billy Joe Walker Jr. passed away this morning. Such a brilliant talent gone too soon!

12:41 PM - Jul 25, 2017

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Bryan White, who credits Billy Joe with helping launch his career, also expressed his grief on Twitter.

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Devastated at the loss of my champion/producer, friend, & the reason I came 2 Nashville. Billy Joe Walker Jr. I love u Billy. Gone too soon

8:43 PM - Jul 25, 2017 · Brentwood, TN

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Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Billy Joe Walker Jr. during this difficult time.

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