Newlywed country singer-songwriter Jake Flint has tragically died at age 37.
His passing on Sunday occurred in his sleep just hours after exchanging vows in the Tulsa, Okla., area, with wife Brenda.
In a moving Facebook post, Brenda Flint wrote “We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in. People aren’t meant to feel this much pain. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can’t take much more. I need him here.”
“The shock and grief were apparent in the Oklahoma music community as word spread of [Jake Flint’s] sudden and untimely death,” the Daily Mail noted.
Flint’s death was confirmed by his former manager Brenda Cline, who described the Oklahoma-based musician as almost like a son to her, as well as publicist Clif Doyal.
“With a broken heart and in deep grief I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away…The photo below is when Jake and I excitedly signed our artist management contract. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and partnership…,” she wrote, in part.
Doyal, who confirmed that the country musician died while asleep, similarly told The Oklahoman news outlet that Flint “was not only a client, he was a dear friend and just a super nice guy. As you can see from the outpouring on social media, he was loved by everybody…He was an ambassador for Oklahoma Red Dirt music.”
According to the news outlet, Flint’s music-loving, oilman dad was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a condition from which he would sadly later die. “Since he wouldn’t be able to participate in sports with his son, Flint’s father commissioned a couple of friends to teach the future Red Dirt up-and-comer to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals.”
The Red Dirt genre, to some degree, apparently combines rock, blues, folk, and country, and purportedly derives its name from the color of some Oklahoma soil.
With language that media organizations seem to have used quite often in 2022, the cause of death of the artist has not yet been determined.
Flint, who released four studio albums in his career, performed with his band, and also solo, across Oklahoma, Texas, and neighboring states.
Flint was praised as a loyal supporter of the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a nonprofit with a mission to provide a safety net for music-industry professionals in need. He was in the midst of a multi-state tour when he died.
The beloved musician was also “named Breakout Artist of the Year at the We Are Tulsa Music Awards in 2019.”
Added The Oklahoman: “Along with his affection for bluegrass, Flint’s musical influences ranged from 1990s rockers like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Texas singer-songwriters like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt to jam bands like Phish and String Cheese Incident to Red Dirt standouts like Tom Skinner and The Great Divide.”
Musician Mike Hosty, who played at the Flint’s Saturday night wedding held at a remote homestead in northeastern Okla., said about the groom that “He was a singer-songwriter, through and through, and just a big personality, a big heart, and (he’d) bend over backwards to do anything for you.”
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