Garth Brooks is mourning the loss of his sister Betsy Smittle who died this week. The 60-year-old was a professional musician as well, playing bass guitar on several tours with Brooks as well as releasing her own solo material.
Thus far no cause of death has been revealed for Smittle, who was Brooks' half sister. She was well known throughout her home state of Oklahoma and the news of her passing was confirmed by a local news team in Tulsa. A local funeral home also revealed that memorial arrangements are pending.
In addition to supporting her own solo release Rough Around the Edges, she had in recent years worked with Oklahoma singer Gus Hardin on her album I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can. She was also well known for her support of gay rights initiatives in the state.
by RTT Staff Writer
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