10 Terrible Country Music Tragedies
No one in the world is exempt from tragedy or loss, not even the world’s biggest country music stars. When tragedy strikes it can be hard to continue on, especially when it involves something as heartbreaking as losing a child, spouse or sibling. These country music stars have suffered through some of the most unimaginable, terrible tragedies, but they haven’t let it bog them down. Faced with the choice of either giving up, or picking themselves up and moving forward, they all found a way to recover from some of the most heartbreaking experiences. Here’s a look at 10 of the most terrible country music tragedies:
10. George Strait
In 1986, country singer George Strait and his wife Norma suffered a terrible loss when they lost their first child. Their daughter, Jenifer Strait, was born on October 6, 1972. When she was only 13-years-old she was involved in a one-car accident while in San Marcos, Texas. She was ejected from the car in the accident and died immediately. Her death was far too early, but Strait didn’t let it happen in vein. He put his efforts into something worthwhile and started an organization called the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation in her honor that donates money to San Antonio children’s charities. He doesn’t speak much about his late daughter, but during an interview with USA Today, he said his song “You’ll Be There” makes him think of her. “I’m a religious person. I honestly believe we will see each other in heaven someday. I wanted to do the song badly. The writer, Cory Mayo, held that song out because he knew I wanted to do it, and he waited until I had the chance. It was kind of him to do that.” Strait has one other child, a son named Bubba.
9. Luke Bryan
It’s quite surprising that someone with such a great sense of humor and positive outlook has suffered through so much tragedy. Luke Bryan has been through the ringer when it comes to losing family members. He suffered his first loss right after he graduated from high school and was about to head to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Things quickly came to a halt when his older brother, Chris, suddenly passed away in a car accident. The tragedy hit his family hard, so Bryan decided to put his career on hold and stay closer to home. He eventually got the push he needed from his father to move to Nashville and put his musical talent to use. However tragedy struck again after Luke Bryan celebrated one of the biggest moments in his career. Shortly after he made his Grand Ole Opry debut, Bryan’s sister Kelly passed away from unknown causes. Most recently, Luke’s brother-in-law Ben Lee Ceshire also passed away in November of 2014. The public wasn’t made aware of what the cause, but Ceshire was the husband of Luke’s late sister Kelly who also passed away. Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer took in their orphaned nephew, Tilden, as their own and are now raising him.