Country singer Daron Norwood was found dead in his Hereford, Texas, apartment on Wednesday. He was 49 years old.
Police were called to the “Cowboys Don’t Cry” singer’s apartment on Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. after Norwood’s landlord found him unresponsive. The Associated Press reported that friends last saw him Tuesday night. Norwood’s landlord let himself in to check on the singer and found him in the bedroom.
Hereford Police Chief Brant Harrison told E! News that there were no signs of foul play. The body had “no signs of trauma,” but Norwood’s death is still being investigated. An autopsy is scheduled.
Norwood was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 30, 1965. The singer and pianist released his self-titled first album under Giant Records in 1993. Two songs on it reached the country Top 40: “If It Wasn’t for Her I Wouldn’t Have You” and “Cowboys Don’t Cry.” Less than a year after releasing his second album, 1995's “Ready, Willing and Able,” Norwood decided to leave the music industry due to alcohol addiction.
Norwood went on to found the “Keep It Straight” organization in 1997, a program that aimed to teach children about drugs, alcohol and violence. In a 2002 interview with Country Weekly, he revealed that he was back to singing with the help of his wife, Kim.
“Our whole motto with the program is ‘Change One Heart, Change One Moment,’ ” he told the outlet. “That’s why I’m praying that God gives me this career back. Because I have hopes and dreams of getting some sponsors and doing the program with the big school systems. I’ve been doing it door to door – me and my wife – in every West Texas school from La Mesa to Nazareth, without a song on the radio.”
In 2008, Norwood was arrested for allegedly battering his wife. And in 2009 students at a high school in Panhandle, Texas, accused the singer of acting “crazy” and yelling during their school assembly. The assembly ended when a teacher pulled the fire alarm.