Sister of Garth Brooks Dies in Oklahoma

Betsy Smittle played bass in Garth’s band.

photo courtesy CMA

Country Weekly extends its deepest sympathies to Garth Brooks and his family on the passing of his older sister, Betsy Smittle.

According to Oklahoma's News 9, Betsy was 60 years old when she died on Saturday, Nov. 2. In addition to playing bass guitar in her superstar brother's band, she released her own solo album, Rough Around the Edges, in 1994. She was also a gay rights advocate and participated in gay pride events around Oklahoma.

No cause of death has been released and funeral arrangements are currently pending.

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