Eddie Long / Facebook
A country music legend is in mourning.
On January 15, “Cowboy” Eddie Long wrote a long message on his Facebook page announcing that his son, Wyatt, unexpectedly passed away. He wrote, “RIP Wyatt my beloved son of whom I am so proud of ..[goodbye] my dear son i love you,, and I willl [sic] see you soon ..”
He was an original member of the Bama Band, which was put together by Hank Williams Jr. He has also worked with Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Confederate Railroad, The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jamey Johnson, just to name a few.
You can see him as part of The Bama Band in the video below, where Hank Williams Jr. opened the 1988 ACM Awards.
Wyatt, who was 25 years old, died “tragically and unexpectedly this week,” according to a GoFundMe page set up by Clifford Long.
The site also said, “We are rallying music lovers everywhere to help Cowboy through this time, just as his music has carried us through some of our darkest days. We are raising money to cover funeral costs as well as other related expenses.”
Top contributors include a joint donation by Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr of $5,000 as well as legendary country producer Buddy Cannon.
Jamey Johnson shared the GoFundMe link on his social media pages, writing, “We want to help cover Cowboy Eddie Long’s financial needs to take that worry off of his mind during this unthinkable time. We also want to return the love and generosity that he has shown to everyone else. Please help us show Cowboy how much he is loved.”
If you’d like to donate, click here. As of press time, $40,000 has been raised for Long.