AceShowbiz - Country singer Maren Morris has led tributes to Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Busbee following his tragic death aged 43.
News emerged of Busbee's passing on Sunday night, September 29. The cause of death is as yet unknown.
Following the sad announcement, Maren, who worked with Busbee on her major label debut album "Hero", took to Instagram to share a picture of herself with the producer, writing: "This just doesn't seem fair. I will always love you and the songs and albums I was lucky to make with you, Busbee. Rest well, my sweet friend."
Meanwhile, Carly Pearce, who teamed up with Busbee on her tune "Every Little Thing", shared in her tribute to her late pal: "I sang 'every little thing' tonight through broken tears with thousands of voices and cell phone lights in the air, because I asked them to raise them up high so you could see them shining from heaven. What a beautiful sight it was."
"You gave my music a place in this world. I'll cherish the 2 albums, songs, talks, laughs & memories we shared over the years. My heart is broken, but the legacy of your talents and your heart will live on in all of the artists and people you touched. I love you, Busbee."
During his time in the music industry, Busbee, real name Michael James Ryan, worked with hordes of top artists, including country stars such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Florida Georgia Line, and pop icons including Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shakira and Christina Aguilera.
"Our hearts are broken by the loss of our beautiful friend busbee," officials from Warner Chappell Music said in a statement following news of Busbee's death. "He was an extraordinary human being whose generosity, spirituality and humour inspired everyone around him."
"An amazingly gifted songwriter, he used his talent, his music, and his love to break down boundaries and bring people together. He left us far too soon. Our deepest condolences go to his wonderful family and all his many friends. We love you."