The tragic death of Craig Strickland rocked the country music community earlier this year. Strickland, lead singer for Arkansas-based country band Backroad Anthem, was found dead on January 4th after he went missing during a duck hunt in Oklahoma. His body was discovered 7 days after he was first reported missing, and nearly three months later his official cause of death has been released. The autopsy report released Thursday (March 24) states that Strickland died from hypothermia and his death was accidental, E! News reported.
29-year old Strickland and his friend, Chase Morland, were hunting on Oklahoma's Lake Kaw when their boat capsized during a winter storm. Morland's body was found on the shore of the lake one day after the men's boat was discovered. Strickland's body was found days later near the designated search area.
Strickland's wife, former Miss Arkansas USA Helen Strickland, documented the week-long search for her husband on social media and has shared precious photos and videos of her relationship with Craig. Most recently, Helen shared a photo of her husband's burial site with his recently placed Arkansas-shaped headstone. The caption reads:
"Even in the hardest of times we have so much to be thankful for! Today we set Craig's headstone and our family could not be more happy with how it turned out!! It's everything I'd hoped it would be. Beautiful and Unique! It's carved in the shape of AR, with a guitar and music notes over Fayetteville and Craig's quote at the bottom."
Even in the hardest of times we have so much to be thankful for! Today we set Craig's headstone and our family could not be more happy with how it turned out!! It's everything I'd hoped it would be ❤️ Beautiful and Unique! It's carved in the shape of AR, with a guitar and music notes over Fayetteville and Craig's quote at the bottom. This picture doesn't do "Signature Stone's" (out of Clarksville) handiwork justice! Thank you Matt Snow for doing a phenomenal job!!
About a month after his passing, Strickland's band, Backroad Anthem, released a music video for their song Torn. It would be the last video to feature Craig Strickland. The band told Rolling Stone Country at the time that while it's tough to move on, they know it's what Craig would have wanted.
"It's hard sometimes to talk about it, but I think what we're just trying to accomplish is to have his legacy move with us forward and for everybody to remember him as this guy who just loved life."
See the video for Torn featuring Craig Strickland below.
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