Country Songwriter Arrested in Death of ‘SNL’ Star’s Dad
Nashville songwriter Richard Fagan, who has written songs for John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker and Hank Williams Jr., has been charged with criminal homicide following the stabbing death of the father of 'Saturday Night Live' comedienne Cheri Oteri. According to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper, Tom Oteri, Fagan's manager and publisher, died Saturday night when Fagan cut his wrist with a pocket knife during an argument. Fagan was later arrested for drunk driving, and Oteri's body was discovered Sunday morning in the house where the two men lived as roommates.
Fagan's songwriting credits include Montgomery's chart-topping hits 'Sold' and 'Be My Baby Tonight,' as well as Walker's 'Only on Days That End in Y' and Williams' 'Why Don't We All Just Get a Longneck.' He also had songs recorded by Neil Diamond, George Strait and several other artists. Fagan's website says Fagan and Oteri had known each other since the mid-'70s, when both lived in Philadelphia.