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Country Music Star Tanya Tucker's Brother Don Dies at 76 — Here Are the Details

Annette Shadeya
Feb 03, 2021
09:15 A.M.

Iconic country music star Tanya Tucker took to her Instagram page on Friday to break the unfortunate news of her brother, Jesse “Don” Donald Tucker, passing. Jesse was 76 and died from Covid-19.


Tanya Tucker shared a sweet throwback picture of herself and her brother in their younger years. Posting a lengthy and emotional tribute alongside the photo, Tucker expressed her grief regarding his death.

Jesse also battled dementia alongside his battle with Covid 19. In the later year of his life, Jesse had begun to lose his memory. Tucker revealed Jesse died on January 12, 2021. He was 76 years old.

Tanya Tucker performs at the Annual Grammy,  Source  |  Photo: Getty Images

Tanya Tucker performs at the Annual Grammy, Source | Photo: Getty Images

Tucker detailed how her brother was unable to recognize her and feeling like it would be the last time she would see him alive. Tucker added that she got a chance to see her brother in the hospital days before his passing.

In an attempt to jog her brother’s memory, Tucker called their cousin Leland Tucker on Facetime. Unfortunately, Leland Tucker was unrecognizable to Jesse as a result of his battle with dementia. Tucker shared:


“We FaceTimed our cousin Leland Tucker in Texas, but he didn’t recognize him either.”


Tucker expressed sadness over being unable to see her brother, Jesse, for years. Also, the singer seemed unhappy since she and Jesse were neither as close nor did they have the relationship Tucker had hoped for.

Despite their rocky relationship, Tucker stated that she considered all issues between her and Jesse unimportant and forgiven as she expressed how grateful she was to be Jesse’s younger sister.

Tucker released an autobiography in 1997.


Tucker reminisced on Jesse’s final moments when he started off singing a verse from her hit song, “Bring My Flowers Now” The country music star sang back her next verse to him in response.

According to studies, music plays an integral part in assisting patients with dementia jog parts of their memory. Tucker expressed she was overcome with a sense of peace, signing off her tribute to Jesse with her nickname.

“Sail on big brother, sail on... Your little sis, Tanya 'punkin' Tucker.”


Tucker’s budding talent was recognized by her father, Jesse “Beau” Tucker, from the early age of 8 years old, who promoted her and her sister La Costa. His efforts garnered the duo fame in the 1970s.

When Tucker got the chance to perform alongside famous country act Judy Lynn, Tucker shot to fame at age 13 when notable producer Billy Sherill produced her hit debut studio album, “Delta Dawn.”


After signing to MCA records, Tucker became a household name and released more hit albums escalating her rise to fame before reaching 18, winning 10 major awards from various academies.

Tucker released an autobiography in 1997 detailing her relationships, substance abuse, and her successes. Stepping back from music for a decade, Tucker surprised fans with a new album, “While I’m Livin,” in 2019.

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