NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Well-known and deeply respected Nashville PR founder Mike Pigott died suddenly Monday morning of an apparent heart attack.
Pigott was the founding partner and senior counsel of McNeely Pigott & Fox, a public relations firm known to many across the city.
The company announced his death late Monday afternoon, saying:
To MP&F clients and friends:
It is with deep sadness that we let you know that Mike Pigott, our beloved partner and friend, passed away this morning after an apparent heart attack.
Mike Pigott was one of a kind. Talented writer, a loving husband and father, the quickest wit in any gathering, world traveler and ballroom dancer extraordinaire. Everyone who knew him has lost a true friend, and our hearts go out to Sharon, his three wonderful daughters and the many other members of his family.
Much more will be written about our friend in the coming days, but we wanted you to hear this news from us.
The partners at MP&F
A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Pigott moved to Nashville in 1976. He was an award-winning investigative reporter and political editor for the formerNashville Banner for 12 years before helping found McNeely Pigott & Fox, where he worked for more than 25 years.
Over the years, Pigott also counseled countless political candidates and office holders, including former Nashville mayor and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.
Visitation with the family is set for 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fleming Center at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Funeral mass begins at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral located at 2015 West End Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Joseph D. Pigott University Circle Leadership Award Fund (10831 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106) or Safe Haven Family Shelter (1234 Third Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210)