Who was Jeremy Tepper? Director of SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country passes away at 60

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Details revealed as Jeremy Tepper passed away at the age of 60. (Image via Jared Siskin/Getty Images)

Jeremy Tepper, the program director of SiriusCM’s Outlaw Country tragically passed away on June 14, 2024, after suffering from a heart attack. Jeremy’s wife, Laura Cantrell confirmed the heartbreaking news of his death on social media, as she said:

“I am heartbroken to share the news of the passing of my husband, Jeremy Tepper, who died suddenly today of a heart attack here in Jackson Heights. Jeremy was an amazing, unique person, a loving father, son, brother, and friend who was close with so many of you, especially his many friends in the music world.”

She also mentioned in her post that the family would be revealing more details about their “plans to celebrate his life,” however, she asked for “privacy and time,” for the family to grieve and process the loss.

Following the news of 60-year-old Jeremy Tepper passing away, social media users also started paying their tributes. Tepper was best known to have founded the record label, Diesel Only Records, apart from being a key person in the Outlaw County station on SiriusXM.

“He ran my Outlaw Country station on SiriusXM brilliantly”- Details revealed about Jeremy Tepper as Steve Van Zandt also pay tribute

Tepper’s passing away came as a shock to the masses and the people of the industry. Jeremy wore many caps as he was best known to be a musician and journalist. As he was a part of SiriusXM for a long time, Steven Van Zandt, who created the channel, also paid tribute to him on social media and shared:

“Lost my good friend Jeremy Tepper last night. An incredibly tragic loss so young. He ran my Outlaw Country station on SiriusXM brilliantly. It is actually quite a complicated format and he made it look easy. Our deepest love and condolences to Laura and his family and friends.”

On the other hand, SiriusXM also released a statement on their official X handle, addressing the tragic demise of their director and said:

“Jeremy Tepper, a beloved member of SiriusXM, profoundly influenced us with his unwavering dedication to music and innovative spirit. His contributions, in shaping Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhouse, are beyond measure. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.”

Jeremy Evan Tepper, born in 1963, in New York completed his studies in Journalism and went on to become a frontman at the World Famous Blue Jays band. He also founded Diesel Only Records in 1990 with Jay Sherman-Godfrey and Albert Caiati.

Furthermore, before joining SiriusXM, he was the managing editor at Vending Times. During his career, he also became the editor of the Journal of Country Music and served as the country music critic for Pulse! Magazine.

He reportedly joined SiriusXM in 2004 as the format manager for its Outlaw Country station. Furthermore, he also worked with channels like Willie’s Roadhouse and Road Dog Trucking.

As tributes continue to pour in for Tepper, he is now survived by his wife, Laura Cantrell, who is a songwriter, singer, and DJ, and their daughter, Bella.

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