Jake Flint, an up-and-coming country singer, died mere hours after marrying his wife, Brenda, in Oklahoma.
The cause of death isn't known, but Jake's publicist, Clif Doyal, said the singer-songwriter passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours following his wedding night.
Brenda, an unexpected widow, mourned the death of her husband on Facebook, writing, "We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in."
She added, "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."
Jake and Brenda exchanged vows on Saturday, Nov. 26, at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso in The Sooner State, The Oklahoman reported.
"It was rainy, but he'd rented a 40-by-60 circus tent. … They put up a bunch of carpets over the mud and then got two pieces of three-and-a-quarter-inch plywood and set it on the ground — and that was my stage," said Mike Hosty, a one-man band who performed at the nuptials. "Jake goes, 'Is that gonna be all right for you?' And I go, 'Jake, that's perfect.' A piece of plywood or a flatbed trailer is where I shine."
The following morning, Mike woke up to the news of Jake's death.
"I really just like remembering that happy moment of seeing them being married … but I really feel for Brenda," he said.
Jake, 37, began playing guitar as a kid and went on to release four albums in six years. He charted three singles on the Texas Regional Radio Report with 2017's "Cowtown," 2018's "Long Road Back Home" and 2020's "What's Your Name" and was named Breakout Artist of the Year at the We Are Tulsa Music Awards in 2019, The Oklahoman said.
He was a staple in the country music scene in Oklahoma, Texas and the surrounding states.
"Jake Flint was an Ambassador of the Oklahoma Red Dirt music scene. He was a prolific songwriter, recording artist, and in-demand live performer throughout the Midwest and Southwestern U.S. As a testament to his kindness and humanity, he was also a tireless supporter of his fellow artists, always willing to lend a hand to help anyone who needed it," his publicist said in a statement. "With his infectious smile and disarming sense of humor, he was loved by many, and I believe that, along with his music, will be his lasting legacy."