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Country singer Daniel Lee Martin, 54, is found dead amid child sex abuse investigation

A country singer Daniel Lee Martin has been found dead in his home of an apparent suicide while under investigation for child sex abuse charges in Florida and Tennessee. 

The 54-year-old was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound Friday by police officers attempting to serve him with a warrant for further sexual assault and battery charges. 

Singer Daniel Lee Martin, 54, was first indicted by a grand jury on child sex abuse charges in Tennessee in September 2018

Deputies arrived at Martin's home in Pasco County, Florida, at about 3.20 pm after they failed to make contact with him. Martin had previously made threats of harm against himself and others, according to a statement from Pasco Sheriff's office. 

The singer and reality TV star was due to stand trial on multiple charges of child abuse in March.  

Martin was arrested on January 27 on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity. 

The arrest was made after the alleged victim, a young girl, told cops that Martin exposed himself while the two were sitting on a sofa in his New Port Richey home on November 1, 2019. 

The child also claimed that Martin fondled himself and shared pornographic pictures. 

It is reported that the girl spent several nights in Martin's home. She reported the incident to her mother who contacted the Sheriff's office. 

Martin was released three hours after his arrest on a $15,000 bail. 

The singer had previously been indicted by a grand jury on similar charges in Williamson County, Tennessee, in September 2018. 

The country singer was arrested again in Florida in January 2020 after a young girl who stayed with him overnight told her mother that he exposed himself while they were sitting on a couch

Police arrived at Martin's home on Friday to serve a further warrant and discovered his body

There he faced three counts of sexual exploitation on a minor, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child.  According to court documents, the incidents involved three children between the ages of nine and twelve and occurred between May 2014 and January 2018. 

Martin turned himself in on October 10, 2018, and a trial date had been scheduled for this March.  

When officers arrived at his home on Friday, they did so to serve Martin with further open warrants for charges similar to those in Tennessee. 

'Martin did not respond to attempts to make contact with him,' said a statement from the sheriff's office. 

Martin divorced wife Julie McQueen, pictured here with Martin, in August 2018, a month before a Tennessee grand jury indicted him an charges of sexual abuse involving three minors

Martin released two country music albums after beginning his music career in 1997 

 'The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others.

'When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,' the statement added.  

Martin started his country music career in 1997, opening for stars such as Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, after abandoning careers as a baseball player and advertising executive.  

He released two albums, 'All That I Am' in 2003 and 'On My Way to You' in 2007, and also presented a reality hunting show 'Brotherhood Outdoors'. 

He was married to Julie McQueen but filed for divorce just before the first indictment in August 2018. They stared in CarbonTV show 'Til Death Do Us Part'.