Dub Cornett, a close friend of Clement's, said his hospice nurse confirmed Clement passed away surrounded by family after declining treatment for liver cancer.
His death came just months after he learned he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of modern music like few others. He was to be inducted at a ceremony this fall.
"I've been walking around for the last hour thanking God for the privilege of knowing Cowboy Jack Clement," singer Marty Stuart said in an email. "He was one of my dearest friends. To know the Cowboy was to know one of the most