Keith Whitley’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jul 1, 1954

Death Date

May 9, 1989

Age of Death

34 years

Cause of Death

Alcohol Poisoning


Country Singer

The country singer Keith Whitley died at the age of 34. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Country singer who had five straight #1 hit singles in the 1980s, including “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “It Aint Nothin’.” He released nineteen hit singles over the course of his life.

His wife Lorrie Morgan was a rising country singer when Whitley died.



“A lot of great bluegrass comes out of Kentucky. There’s a lot of great music, like the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, and Keith Whitley. There’s a lot of bluegrass intertwined with country music.” (Chris Stapleton)


“I had always loved music. I grew up listening to classic country, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard. My dad loved Vern Gosdin and Keith Whitley. So I kept going to class and started getting totally into playing guitar and teaching myself these songs.” (Jake Owen)


“One of the first records I bought for myself was a Keith Whitley record. I still love the ‘L.A. to Miami’ album. There were so many things on there – ‘Miami, My Amy,’ ‘Ten Feet Away,’ ‘Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.’ I can put that album on repeat and listen.” (Chris Young)