Country music star Big Tom McBride has died

Esequiel Farfan
Abril 17, 2018

Sad news this morning as it has been announced that Irish country music legend Big Tom has died.

His wife Rose, who was also well known on the country music scene, died at the end of January.

News of the showband leader's death was announced by his children.

"Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him".

Journalist and Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times, Michael O'Regan, said: "Big Tom McBride was more than a popular country singer".

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"May he rest in peace".

The musician, whose real name was Thomas McBride, was affectionately known as Ireland's king of country music.

The Monaghan man was taken to hospital in recent days and passed away early this morning.

It is thought that Ryan Tubridy will pay special tribute to the first person ever to be inducted into Ireland's Country Music Hall Of Fame on The Late Late Show this weekend.

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