Country music icon Randy Travis recently shared a heartfelt message mourning the loss of his dear friend and former stagehand, Thomas Roberts. Travis announced the sad news on Facebook on July 10, expressing deep sympathy and fond memories.

“With Thom Roberts’ passing, the stage lights have dimmed,” Travis began. He fondly recalled the many years he and his band spent traveling with Thom, who was one of the best stage lighting technicians in the industry. “Thom had a subtle, captivating presence that sparked your soul and an extraordinary talent for lighting a stage. Always ready to help with a ‘can do’ and ‘glad to do it’ attitude.”

Travis described Thom as a “gentle giant of a man” who always wore a smile and carried a song in his heart. “A nicer, gentler attitude would take a lifetime to find,” he added.

“Thom was my friend, and I loved him. The music won’t be the same when we hit the road next week for the ‘More Life’ tour. But I’ll cherish the blessing of having Thom with us for so many miles and memories.”

Travis acknowledged the profound impact Thom had on the entire band and crew. “The light he created in our hearts will never be extinguished or forgotten,” he said. “Tonight, I’ll look to heaven and see flashes of Thom’s handiwork in the night sky, knowing he’s home and everything is fine.”

Tragically, Thomas Roberts, 68, was shot and killed. According to reports, his wife, Christine Ann Roberts, 72, was arrested for the shooting. She allegedly told officers she shot her husband because he had cheated on her, though the truth of this statement remains uncertain.

A neighbor who heard the gunshots and saw Thomas lying on the floor called 911. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been a dedicated stagehand for Randy Travis for 20 years, up until Travis suffered a stroke in 2013.

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