Legendary country singer, Mickey Gilley, and his son, Michael, are reported to have been in a car accident on Wednesday (Jan. 3) in Texas while they were traveling to Branson, Missouri, where Mickey often performs.
According to KFDM.com, Mickey and his son were driving a 2013 Toyota SUV in Lufkin, Texas on the way to Mickey’s theater, when they were struck by another vehicle. The other driver is said to have ran a stop sign in front of the pair. It was then that Michael swerved his car, but it clipped the other vehicle, causing the Gilley’s car to roll over and land upside-down in the median.
Michael’s wife, Susan, made her way to Lufkin and has reported that her husband is sore, but no injuries were sustained. However, 81-year-old Mickey suffered a broken ankle and shoulder. Both are now back in Pasadena after receiving medical treatment in Lufkin.
Mickey Gilley is known for hits in the ’70s and ’80s including “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” “Room Full of Roses,” and “Bring It On Home To Me.” It was the release of the movie “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, and the song “Stand By Me,” that made Mickey Gilley a household name.
In 2009, Mickey was left paralyzed when a sofa fell on him and crushed his vertebrae. After intense therapy Mickey was able to walk again and return to the stage, where he still performs today.