Songwriter busbee Dead at 43, Worked With Lauren Alaina, Adam Lambert

Busbee, a hit songwriter and producer who is best known for his work with Maren Morris and Lady Antebellum, has died at the age of 43.

Busbee, real name Michael James Ryan, had news of his death break on Sunday via a tweet from Morris. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Busbee has worked with many competition reality show alums and cast members. He produced and wrote songs for American Idol alum Lauren Alaina’s Road Less Traveled album. Other alums the songwriter wrote/produced for include The Voice’s Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery and Dia Frampton. The American Idol roster includes Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Katharine McPhee and Haley Reinhart. He also worked with X Factor alums Alexandra Burke, Chris Rene and Bea Miller. The Voice coaches Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and American Idol judge Keith Urban (including his duet with Carrie Underwood “The Fighter”) also worked with the songwriter.

Earlier this year, busbee celebrated the launch of his new company, Altadena, which works to launch and develop of careers of artists, producers, and songwriters in a variety of genres, with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville.

“Today we lost Busbee, a dear friend, business partner with his company Altadena, and one of the best and brightest minds in music. Busbee’s kindness and legacy will never be forgotten and our hearts and prayers go out to this family at this very difficult time,” Warner Records co-chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and co-chairman and COO Tom Corson said in a statement.

Condolences poured in via social media:

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