Texas singer-songwriter Steve Fromholz died Jan. 19 as the result of a hunting accident on a ranch near San Angelo, Texas.
The hunting accident occurred at the Flying B Ranch near Eldorado, Texas. He and his girlfriend were preparing to hunt wild hogs when he sustained a fatal gunshot wound from a gun that dropped to the ground. Dallasnews.com reported that Fromholz was transporting the gun in a bag that was unzipped at the bottom into a vehicle when it dropped out of the case, hit the ground and discharged. Fromholz was 68.
Steve Fromholz is widely considered a Texas country music institution. He wrote a number of songs for stars, including John Denver, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson. Fromholz gained the most commercial success with his 1976 hit “I’d Have to Be Crazy,” which Willie Nelson took to number 11 on the country music charts.
Fromholz also had a brief stint with the band Manasas, which included legendary rocker Stephen Stills. Most popular in his home state of Texas, Fromholz’s was one of the founders of the Texas Outlaw country movement. His band Frummox, one of the first Texas Outlaw music groups, inspired countless country musicians. He was also named a Texas Poet Laureate in 2007.
Photo credit: George Brainard, Austin, Texas