Don Everly dead – Everly Brothers star dies aged 84 in Nashville seven years after losing bro & bandmate Phil

DON Everly, half of rock 'n' roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at the age of 84.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed his death at his home in Nashville, Tennessee last night.


A cause of death was not disclosed to the Los Angeles Times – who confirmed Everly's tragic passing.

The family's heartbreaking statement read: “Don lived by what he felt in his heart.

"Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams…with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”

His death comes seven years after he lost his brother and bandmember Phil Everly who died of pulmonary disease in 2014.

Born Isaac Donald Everly in Kentucky in 1937, he and his brother Phil spent much of their early childhood in Iowa before moving to Tennessee.

It was in Nashville that their careers began to take off and in 1957 their song Bye Bye Love became a hit.

The song, which had been rejected by 30 acts before making its way to the Everly Brothers, soared to number two on the pop charts.

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From 1957 to 1962, the brothers had 15 top ten hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream".

The brothers took a career break to serve in the marines after which Don found himself addicted to Ritalin after he became involved with Dr. Max Jacobson.

Known as Dr. Feelgood, Jacobson administered "vitamin shots" to President John F. Kennedy.

Speaking in an interview decades later about his drug addiction, Don said: "People didn’t understand drugs that well then. They didn’t know what they were messing with.

"It wasn’t against the law: I saw a picture of my doctor with the president, you know?

"But it got out of hand, naturally. It was a real disaster for a lot of people, and it was a disaster for me. Ritalin made you feel energized.

"You could stay up for days. It just got me strung out. I got so far out there, I didn’t know what I was doing."

The Everly Brothers became of the first groups to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 alongside artists such as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.

Don is survived by his mother, wife Adela, son Edan, and his daughters Venetia, Stacy, and Erin – who was formally married to Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose.

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