Washington: Country star, Jack Clement, died on Thursday morning after loosing his battle with liver cancer. He was 82.
Clement was a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who pushed country music into modern times.
The news was confirmed by his close pal Dub Cornett, the BBC reported.
His death came just months after Clement learned that he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame for his achievements.
He was to be inducted at a ceremony later this fall.
Clement`s career included stops in Memphis at Sun Records, where he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, and Nashville.