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Busbee, who wrote music for Shakira, Garth Brooks and more, dead at 43


The Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer known as Busbee, who wrote music for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris and many more, has died.

Busbee, whose real name was Michael James Ryan, was 43.

A cause of death was not immediately revealed. He was mourned by members of the music industry, including country singer Morris, who frequently teamed up with Busbee.

“This just doesn’t seem fair,” Morris tweeted late Sunday. “I will always love you and the songs and albums I was lucky to make with you, Busbee. Rest well, my sweet friend.”

Pink, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban are among other artists whom Busbee co-wrote songs for.

He served as a producer on all but one song on Morris’ first studio album, 2016’s “Hero,” and also co-wrote several songs on it, including “My Church,” which was nominated for best country song at the Grammys that year.

“An uncanny talent and unique soul has departed,” Shakira tweeted Monday. “Busbee you left us so early, but your music and your passion will be among us and forever cherished. My condolences to his family and the music community in Nashville.”

Busbee co-wrote the 2014 song “Broken Record” with Shakira, in addition to co-producing multiple tracks with her.

Blake Shelton also paid tribute early Monday morning, noting that his girlfriend and fellow musician Gwen Stefani was also feeling the loss.

“I absolutely can’t accept the loss of mine and Gwen’s friend Michael (Busbee),” the country singer wrote in a tweet. “Too much to say for social media. Too much pain and unfairness period. I guess sometimes you gotta dig extra EXTRA deep for peace to continue to have faith. And I will because Michael ALWAYS had faith.”