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Country singer Howard killed in shootout

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Country singer Randy Howard, who charted with a few songs in the 1980s, was killed on Tuesday in a shootout with a bounty hunter.

Howard was born on May 9, 1950 in Macon Ga. He charted with "All-American Redneck" in 1983, reaching 84 on the Billboard charts. Some radio stations refused to play the song due to its lyrics, which including about "Smoking grass." Five years later, his version of "Ring of Fire" made it to 66. He released six more albums.

Howard had fallen on hard times and was said to have substance abuse problems. He had faced drug, drinking and drug charges.

A HREF=http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/12/randy-howard-rambunctious-singer-dies-in-the-most-country-music-way-possible/>The Washington Post reported that Howard was fatally shot after firing on a bail bondsman who showed up at his Lynchburg, Tenn. residence to arrested him for failing to show up in court. Howard allegedly shot the bondsman, although he is expected to recover.

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