Charlie Robison is best known as a country singer, songwriter and a judge on the reality show “Nashville Star.” Unfortunately, in 2018, he had surgery on his throat, and he was never able to sing again. At the time, an update on his Instagram explained “he has been dealing with some complications during this routine recovery.” Now, five years later, the news is even worse.


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On her Facebook page, Robison’s wife, Kristen Robison, shared the sad news that her husband has died at the age of 59. On September 10, 2023, she posted a wedding photo and wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my husband, Charlie Robison has passed away today, surrounded by his family and friends. My heart is broken. Please pray for me, our children and our family.”

Reportedly, Robison died at a hospital in San Antonio. A representative for his family shared that he had cardiac arrest as well as other complications.

Robison is survived by his wife, four children and step-children. Three of Robison’s children are from his first marriage to Emily Strayer, a founding member of the country band The Chicks. The couple divorced in 2008, and he remarried in 2015.

Robison’s music career began in the 1980s when he played with several bands located in Austin. Eventually, he formed his own band called Millionaire Playboys.

In 1996, Robison recorded his first solo album, “Bandera.” The name was in honor the part of Texas where his family owned a ranch. 

In 1998, Robison singed with Sony’s Lucky Dog imprint, and in 2001, he released an album that included his only Top 40 country song. The album was “Step Right Up.” The song was “I Want You Bad,” which was on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for a total of 20 weeks. It made it to number 35. Meanwhile, the album reached number 27 on the Top Country Albums chart.

In all, Robison recorded a total of eight albums. He was also a judge on season 1 of the reality competition show “Nashville Star.”

Rest in peace.