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busbee, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, dies at 43

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Warner Chappell Music (WCM) confirmed that Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, busbee, has died at the age of 43.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our friend busbee,” WCM said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.

The California native, whose name was Michael James Ryan, was known professionally as “busbee,” and worked with artists including Maren Morris, Pink, Shakira, Keith Urban and many others.

He found success in many genres of music and is among the nominees for The Country Music Association’s 53rd Annual CMA Awards, as a producer for Maren Morris’ “GIRL,” which is up for Album of the Year.

Following news of busbee’s death, Morris tweeted: “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.” Many other musicians have posted condolences to social media.

In a statement, Warner Records, business partner with busbee’s company Altadena, called him “one of the best and brightest creative minds in music”.The songwriter died at the age of 43, Variety and Rolling Stone have reported.

He is survived by a wife and three children, according to PeopleCMT reports that he had been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer called glioblastoma a few months ago.

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