How did Country Boy Eddie die? Former Alabama country music icon’s cause of death explained

Country Boy Eddie cause of death

Gordon Edwards Burns, also known as Country Boy Eddie or sometimes Country Boy Eddy sadly passed away at the age of 92. Let’s see, how did the Country Boy Eddie die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Country Boy Eddie die? 

Gordon Edwards Burns aka Country Boy Eddie, a Country singer, guitarist, and fiddler who presided over WBRC-venerable TV’s Country Boy Eddie Show from 1957 to 1993 is no more.

This sad news was confirmed by Mike Dubberly GDA on Twitter saying,

Country Boy Eddie cause of death:

“This morning, Country Boy Eddy passed away peacefully at his home in Warrior.”, according to his family member. Country Boy Eddie cause of death was believed to be natural and was due to the age factor.

Gloria Jamie Cooper posted tribute to Eddie and the message reads,

“Please keep the Burns family in your prayers. Country Boy Eddie is singing in Heaven and with his beloved wife (celebrating her Birthday today). He was such a wonderful man and blessed many in his 92 years on this earth. He got to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to his Lord and Savior this morning. He was so very special to us!”

“This morning, Country Boy Eddy passed away peacefully at his home in Warrior. He was a trailblazer for both the Alabama music and television scenes, and his contributions will continue to live on. The Burns family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the viewers, fans, musicians, and everyone else who made his life so special.”

Burns, one of eight kids raised on his family’s 200-acre farm in Blount County, had made up his mind to pursue a career in radio since he was ten years old and a fan of Curley Fox on the Grand Ole Opry. 

In 1946, he learned how to play the fiddle and joined Happy Hal Burns’ band to perform on the Crossroads Variety Show on WBRC-AM. 

His nickname was bestowed on him by Burns, who is not related. Burns performed on the Armed Forces Radio Network in Korea, Japan, and Hawaii while serving in the US Army during the Korean War. 

Who was Country Boy Eddie?

Country Boy Eddie was a treasure and a symbol for WBRC as well as Alabama country music.

At the age of 13, Gordon Edwards Burns sold Garden Spot Seeds door to door before he was known as Country Boy Eddie in order to purchase his first fiddle.

Eddie launched the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC in 1957. He became well-known in Alabama as a result of the country music program, which was broadcast for 38 years.

He hosted a number of celebrities on his show over the years (before they were huge stars). Country Boy Eddie also had a music show of his own in Nashville.

Tribute to Country Boy Eddie:

Russell Jones WBRC posted,

Country Boy Eddie passed away. I remember watching him at my Granddad’s house all those years. I was so excited to interview him when he turned 90 years old. He’s an Alabama legend!

Janice Rogers WBRC posted,

I am so honored that I got to call Country Boy Eddie my friend.

We got news this morning that he passed away. So many memories. What a life – what an Alabama treasure. #restinpeacecountryboyeddie

Bull Corry posted,

Saddened to hear of the passing of Country Boy Eddie. Eddie was a legend.

He and my Pop were friends and that lead to “Country Boy Eddie’s Old Time Christmas” that was filmed at Old York Farms. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Burns Family.


David Raley posted,

Rest in Peace, cousin. Although, I never met you personally you were a part of my life. I remember those early mornings at my grandparents home watching, “The Country Boy Eddie Show!” The show was folksy and a bit strange to me as a young boy. I was told repeatedly that you were my cousin. It was good you lived and moved among us.

Rhonda Brakefield Pierce posted,

Aaaahhhhh Country boy Eddie passed away, I’m so sad…I Loved getting up every morning and watching him he will truly be missed.


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