Billy Ray Cyrus Mourns The Loss Of His Mother, Ruth Ann Casto: ‘My Mom Went To Heaven Today’

Billy Ray Cyrus is mourning the loss of his mother, Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Casto.  According to a social media post…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 12, 2022


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Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Ruth Ann Casto; Photo via Instagram

Billy Ray Cyrus is mourning the loss of his mother, Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Casto. 

According to a social media post from the chart-topping country star, Ruth Ann passed away on Friday, August 12. 

“My mom went to heaven today. She belongs there. She earned it. She was the very definition of love,” he wrote alongside a photo of his late mother. 

Fans offered condolences to the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer within the comments section of his post. 

“I am so sorry to hear this my prayers my love and I will be with you I know this is a heartbreaking time Miss Ruthie will be missed she was the sweetest most loving person I’ve ever met God just got himself one more angel my heart goes out to you,” wrote one Twitter follower, while another shared, “Oh no, I am so very sad & sorry to hear this BR! Ruthie was such a sweet lady & friend. Caring thoughts & my deepest sympathy are with you and all the family at this sad time.” 

Noah Cyrus Screenshot
Noah Cyrus Screenshot

Noah Cyrus also took to social media to remember her late grandmother. 

“8-12-22 Forever and everafter I love you mamaw,” Noah wrote in her Instagram stories alongside a photo of her grandmother holding her as a baby.

According to, Ruth Ann was born on May 14, 1937 in Greenup, Kentucky. 

She wed Ronald Ray Cyrus in August of 1952.

Ruth Ann and Ron reportedly separated in 1966 after 15 years of marriage. Ruth Ann later remarried.

Ruth Ann Casto is survived by several family members, including Billy Ray Cyrus, six grandchildren, Miley Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, Noah Cyrus, Christopher Cody, Brandi Cyrus, Trace Cyrus, and one great-grandchild, Bear Chance Cyrus. 

The news comes weeks after Billy Ray Cyrus performed alongside Dierks Bentley at CMA Fest in Downtown Nashville.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.