"Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered", he said.
Tillis' publicist has confirmed the musician died Sunday of respiratory failure at an Ocala, Fla., hospital, reported WSMV.
Redskins blow 15-point lead, suffer crushing loss to Saints
The former TCU All-American has made several jaw-dropping plays over the past few weeks and against the Saints he was back at it. The Saints (8-2) trailed 31-16 when Kirk Cousins completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.
In all, the Country Music Hall of Fame member wrote more than 1,000 songs and in 2012 received a National Medal of Arts for bringing "his unique blend of warmth and humor to the great tradition of country music".
He had six children, including daughter Pam Tillis who became a country music star in her own right. "There will never be another Mel Tillis!".
Gunfight erupts in Hajin village in northern Kashmir
On Friday a militant and a police officer were killed in the outskirts of Srinagar during a brief shootout. Two soldiers including an Air Force commando suffered injuries in the encounter and were hospitalized.
Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis in Tampa, Florida, he suffered a spell of malaria as a boy that left him with a chronic stutter, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The heroic American joined the US Air Force to serve in the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa, where he served the country by cooking and singing on Armed Forces Radio.
During the height of his career, Tillis hosted a short-lived ABC variety show with model Susan Anton and made cameo appearances in several popular movies, including The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II and Every Which Way But Loose, which featured Coca-Cola Cowboy on its soundtrack. "Please take a moment and visit Official Mel Tillis and let them know how you felt about this south Florida poet that was a master songwriter, brilliant comedian and beloved father".
Rain wraps up this morning, noticeably cooler and windy
Saturday night is forecast to bring up to 90 percent chances of rain in some areas, with an 80 percent chance of show in Massena. While the morning will start cold, a southwest wind will usher in milder air as high pressure moves off the coast to our south.