Country singer Mickey Gilley dies at age 86

Country singer and actor Mickey Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri.

Country singer and actor Mickey Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri.

Country singer Mickey Gilly, best known as a pioneer of the "urban cowboy" genre

Country singer Mickey Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, his publicist Zach Farnum said. 

Country singer Mickey Gilley was 86.

The Natchez, Mississippi native "passed in peace" surrounded by family and close friends,

According to the statement, he had recently returned home from the road after playing 10 shows in April.

Gilly had 17 number one country records to her name, starting with "Room Full of Roses" in 1974.

Gilly was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.

He is survived by wife Cindy Loeb Gilly and their children Cathy, Michael, Gregory and Keith Ray, as well as four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Country singer T. Graham Brown also mourned, saying that Gilly "lived a full life and left us with a great list of hits."