Hank Cochran | Country songwriter, 74

Posted: July 16, 2010

Hank Cochran, 74, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits, including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, has died.

Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Mr. Cochran died Thursday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., north of Nashville. He was in declining health in recent years and suffered an aortic aneurysm in March. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago.

Among the No. 1 hits he cowrote were Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" and George Strait's "Ocean Front Property."

Moore said Mr. Cochran's close friends Billy Ray Cyrus, Jamey Johnson, and Buddy Cannon visited him Wednesday night and they sang songs together. - AP

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