NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – Longtime radio broadcaster, music journalist and esteemed Nashville fixture, Chuck Dauphin, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 18) of complications from diabetes. He was 45.
Over the course of his career, Dauphin, who was well known for his passionate support of country music, filed more than 1,000 articles for publications including Rolling Stone, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot and Billboard. Most recently, he interviewed Vince Gill about his latest album, Okie.
Dauphin’s health had reportedly taken a turn for the worse in summer 2018, when he had to have his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes and an infection. He underwent dialysis in the last year of his life and faced repeated hospitalizations, as well as recently undergoing back surgery.
According to Billboard, his last days at Nashville’s Alive Hospice were spent alongside a steady stream of music community friends including John Schneider; former WSM-Nashville DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey; and country superstar Randy Travis.
In 2014, Dauphin received the CMA Media Achievement Award, an honor voted on by the CMA member publicists in appreciation of journalists who promote country music.