Trucking radio legend, Bill Mack, died on Friday. The Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show host had tested positive for COVID-19 two days prior.
According to Mack’s son, Billy Mack Jr., his father, had been living in a memory care facility that treated him like family. He had been living with dementia, but his family says that he was still very much himself.
“You hear stories of nursing homes and people getting infected, but you never thought that would happen,” Mack Jr. told NBCDFW.
On Wednesday, Mack was diagnosed with COVID-19. Taken immediately to the hospital, doctors told his family the 91-year-old didn’t have much time. Due to his COVID-19 diagnosis, the family was not allowed in to see him and had to say their goodbyes over the phone.
“He couldn’t speak very well, but his sense of humor was still there,” Mack Jr. said. “One of the things that he told us, ‘Guys, will you please pull yourselves together you’re embarrassing me in front of the nurse.’”
Most veteran truckers would know Mack mostly as the country radio host with an unmistakable voice. But Mack was also a musician whose songs have been covered by numerous other artists over the years. His best-known song is likely “Blue,” which was covered most famously by LeAnn Rimes in 1996 and won a Grammy for Country Song of the Year.
“I’m deeply saddened to tell you that my Dad passed away early this morning due to COVID-19 with underlying conditions,” wrote Billy Mack Jr. on Facebook. “He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom. I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well. He truly will be missed. God bless.”