Country singer Jake Flint died just hours after his wedding on Saturday. He was 37 years old.
“It is with a broken heart and deep sadness that I have to announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away,” his manager, Brenda Cline, wrote on social media on Sunday night.
“I’ve tried many times today to make a post, but you can’t talk about what you can’t fix,” added Cline, who did not reveal the cause of the Red Dirt singer and songwriter’s death.
According to a report in the Oklahoman, Flint died Saturday night in his sleep.
Flint’s widow, Brenda Flint, posted a video purportedly taken at their wedding, reported Tulsa news station KRMG, that showed the singer dancing outside hugging and kissing his new bride as a photographer captured the playful and tender moments. The video was simply captioned: “I don’t understand.”
In a heartbreaking follow-up post Tuesday, Brenda Flint shared the pain she was feeling.
“We should be looking at wedding photos but I have to choose clothes to bury my husband in.” People should not feel this kind of pain,” he wrote. “My heart is gone and I want him to come back. I can’t take much. I love him here.”
His manager added that he had to continue his work, apparently referring to December 2, when Jake was scheduled to begin a string of shows in Oklahoma and Arkansas that would have continued in May 2023.
“I loved him like my son. He’s the funniest, funniest, hardest working, most dedicated artist I’ve ever worked with in my career,” Cline continued in his appreciation. “We were about to start a business together after he and Brenda got married — yesterday. Yes, yesterday.”
Flint, a native of Tulsa, was born in 1985 and grew up in Holdenville and lived in Mounds, according to his website.
He was known for hit songs such as “Hurry up and Stop,” “Long Road Home,” “What’s Your Name?” and “Cowtown.”
“Jake has a million friends and I don’t know how everyone will cope with this tragic loss. We need prayers — all of this is true,” Cline continued. Please, please, pray for his new wife Brenda, Jake’s precious mother, his sister and all his family and friends.
Cline added: “This is going to be very difficult for a lot of people. We love you Jake and in our hearts forever. “
Flint’s publicist, Clif Doyal, told the Oklahoman that he was “the representative of Oklahoma Red Dirt music,” a country genre that gets its name from the soil in the Sooner State.
Flint’s fans sent their love and condolences to his family, writing words of comfort in the comments of Cline’s speech.
“Life can be unbearably cruel! I am so sorry Brenda for you, his wife, family and friends! Healing Hugs and Comforting Prayers,” one follower wrote, while another added, “No, this is a great loss. I am very sorry.”
“Jake was a great musician, friend and person. I was blessed to know him and call him a friend. My thoughts and prayers to Jake’s wife, and family. Jake and Billy will be writing and playing together again in heaven. Fly High Jake…. until we meet again,” one person wrote.