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‘Please Pray’: PIONEER WOMAN Ree Drummond’s Brother Michael Dies

Photo from Ree Drummond’s Instagram

‘Please Pray’: PIONEER WOMAN Ree Drummond’s Brother Michael Dies

By Movieguide® Staff

Ree Drummond, the PIONEER WOMAN host, and cookbook author, shared her reflection on the death of her brother, Michael Smith.

“It isn’t possible to sum up the life of someone as perfectly wonderful as my brother Michael, so right now I won’t try,” Drummond said in a Facebook post. “He was seventeen months older than me, my first friend and buddy, and I’m so grateful for over 50 years of photos and memories.”

Drummond posted four photos that depicted their strong childhood friendship.

“Please pray for my parents, whose devotion to Mike was boundless, and who will feel this loss most acutely. Michael Smith, you were everything,” Drummond concluded.


Drummond’s sister, Betsy Smith, also shared a eulogy for Micheal.

“We lost Michael, my sweet and wonderful brother, this last weekend. He was one of a kind, and he will be missed by so many people who loved him. I’m very thankful for his life, the connections he made and his caring, fun and independent spirit. Love you forever, Mikey,” she wrote.

According to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, resident Dan Dalton, everyone in town knew Michael as an “icon.”

“It is with a sad heart to announce that Bartlesville Icon, Michael Smith, has gone to heaven. He is well known by almost everyone in Bartlesville and other parts of the state and known nationally due to Ree Drummond, his famous sister. It is nice to know that he went fast and did not suffer. God has been very good to my favorite buddy. I know he is making lots of new friends in heaven,” Dalton’s post read.

Michael, who reportedly had special needs, was known as “Cowboy Mike” when he appeared on his sister’s show in 2013.