There were rumors that the famous American former professional rodeo cowboy had passed away. The 79-year-old cowboy had reportedly been battling bone marrow cancer for over three years. He was in hospice care at home. He had also been a popular television commentator on the PBR Build Ford Tough Series and was the host of Equestrian Nation on RFD-TV. Mahan was a beloved figure in the rodeo world and an inspiration for many modern-day cowboys.
He had won six all-around world championships in bareback riding, bull riding, and saddle bronc riding and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. In addition to his career as a professional rodeo cowboy, Mahan had a brief acting career. He appeared in the 1972 film The Honkers and the 1975 movie Six Pack Annie. He also co-starred in the TV movie The Good Old Boys, which starred Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, and Matt Damon.
When news of his death broke, the internet was flooded with messages of condolences and love for Mahan. His fans and family members were heartbroken by the sudden loss of the legendary cowboy.
Aside from his career in rodeo, Mahan was a devoted family man and had several children. He also had a successful business career and owned his own line of Western clothing and boots. He was also an avid horse rider and had won many competitions with his horses. In addition, Mahan had a passion for music and wrote several country songs including Freckled Face and Pretty Ribbons, Mom’s Silver Dollar Saloon, Up Jumped the Devil, and Smokey Mountain Cowboy.
According to a statement from his family, Mahan had been suffering from bone marrow cancer for over three years. The family asked the public to keep him in their prayers.
Earlier this week, rumors spread that the renowned American rodeo cowboy had passed away. However, the family has vehemently denied these rumors. According to the family, Mahan is still alive and is in hospice care at home. Despite his illness, the family hopes that people will remember him for his courage and dedication to his craft.
The obituary was published by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C. In it, the obituary states that Mahan was born in Salem, Oregon, on November 21, 1943. After graduating from high school, he started his career as a professional cowboy. He began competing at the regional and national level, and eventually earned a place in the National Finals Rodeo.
Mahan competed in a variety of events, winning six world titles in all-around and two world titles in bareback riding and bull riding. He also won a number of other awards throughout his career, including the NFR championship in 1966 and 1967.
He was married thrice in his life, with the first being to his childhood sweetheart Darlene. Later, he married his second wife, Robin. He has one child with Robin, a daughter named Eliza.