Death may be part of the circle of life, but it's always a sad occasion to learn that a beloved artist has died.

In 2014, country music has suffered the losses of many greats, from Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV to singer Kevin Sharp, not to mention good friends and family members.

Take a look through the gallery above to learn more about the starts who have passed away this year -- their careers, their music and the legacies they leave behind.