NEWPORT, Tenn. — Nationally renowned moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn”
Sutton died today in Cocke County and authorities are investigating his
death as a possible suicide, a Cocke County official confirmed tonight.
Coroner Terry Jarnagin said that an autopsy will be performed Tuesday
at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He said a
determination as to the manner of Sutton’s death hasn’t been made yet
and authorities aren’t planning on releasing further details tonight.
Sutton, 61, of Parrottsville, was soon expected to report to federal
prison to serve an 18-month sentence for illegally brewing spirits and
possessing a firearm as a felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed.
Sutton spent the last three decades building a reputation as one of
the South’s top makers of white lightning. He starred in various
documentaries about the tradition and p
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