Billy Joe Thomas, a popular singer of his time, died recently on 29th May at the age of 78. The cause of his death is lung cancer that was announced by him recently in the month of March. He died at his home in Texas on Saturday.
Thomas is an ace pop singer of the 60’s and 70’s era. He gave so many chartbusters like Hey Won’t you play, Raindrops Keep Fallin on my Head, Hooked on a Feeling, and (Hey won’t you play) Another Somebody has done Somebody Wrong Song. His first hit was “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” which sold more than 1 million copies along with a gold disc award.
His Song “Raindrops keep falling on my head” was a super hit that made him win the Grammy hall of fame award in 2013. The song touched every corner of the heart of fans. It was being featured in The Simpsons to Forrest Gump. He was actually not well while recording the track of this song.
BJ Thomas wasn’t expecting much from this song, but it was a hit beyond expectations. Even Redford had doubts about the song being a misfit in the movie. But the song gained its place as the number 1 hit in that era.
BJ Thomas life apart from being a pop singer
Apart from being a pop singer, he wrote a book named “Home Where I belong.” It was released in 1978. Moreover, he has written many other books as co-authors with B. Jenkins. And one more with Tim LaHaye, named as “Left Behind,” that was highest selling book.
He has acted in a few movies in the 1980s. A few of those are “Jory,” “Jake’s Corner,” etc. A recent one was “Living Room Music” along with other singers, Richard Marx, Vince Gill, and Lyle Lovett. He has even signed for a recording of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, that was supposed to record in 2020 but delayed due to pandemics. He had sung theme songs of TV shows as well. One of them was the theme song of “Growing pains.”
BJ Thomas family
BJ Thomas got married in 1968 to a beautiful wife naming Gloria Richardson, blessed with three beautiful kids, Paige, Nora, and Erin. Apart from all these, he was a big fan of baseball. He used to play it in his childhood and played many tournaments. From there only, he started calling himself BJ, as there were many others with the same name as Billy Joe.
Does BJ Thomas have cancer?
BJ Thomas himself revealed in March 2021 that he is diagnosed with Lung Cancer and suffering from complications with it. Apart from this, he was on his spiritual journey with his wife. As earlier, he has an alcohol addiction. In 2020, he revealed that he was on his awakening journey with his wife, Richardson.
His de-addiction therapy proceeded with his awakening journey. He mentioned that his wife helped him throughout the journey and helped him being flawless and improvise his life.
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BJ Thomas cause of death
As mentioned above, he was suffering from lung cancer. He died due to its complications only. He was getting treated for it, but unfortunately, we have to lose a gem to it. But we can say that he is still alive in us through his songs. The most amazing thing is that he needs to improvise his life.
This is very hard to believe that we have lost BJ Thomas. His fans do still think that he is alive in their hearts, and his pop songs are evergreen.