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Former Willie Nelson Guitarist Jody Payne Dead at 77

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/jody.payne.71 (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/jody.payne.71 (via ABC News Radio)

Guitarist Jody Payne , who toured with Willie Nelson for 35 years, died on Saturday in Stapleton, Alabama at the age of 77.

Nelson wrote Saturday on his official website , “With a heavy heart Willie Nelson and Family are sad to report that Jody Payne passed away this morning.  He is survived by his wife, Vicki , sons Waylon and Austin , and the many family and friends. We understand that he will not have a public funeral and a possible memorial will be held later this year.”

Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 until his retirement in 2008.

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