Longtime music journalist and critic Chet Flippo died early this morning at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was 69.
Flippo, who was an early writer for Rolling Stone and was currently serving as Editorial Director for CMT, had been battling an undisclosed illness at the time of his death.
“CMT lost a brilliant and beloved member of our family,” said CMT President, Brian Philips in a statement. “Chet was a stoic Texan, fiercely loyal and intensely private. He was honest to the core and widely regarded as a bit enigmatic, even among his closest colleagues. For all, it was a terrific privilege to work with Chet Flippo.”
Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1943, Flippo was a renowned rock critic, and he also authored several books, including On the Road with the Rolling Stones, which was published in 1985. He was awarded Country Music Association’s 1998 CMT Media Achievement Award and also received the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism.
His death follows the passing of his wife, Martha Hume Flippo, late last year.