In his first statement since the death of his wife Mary Jane, Hank Williams Jr thanked fans and friends for their prayers.
On March 29, the son of country star and country legend Hank Williams Sr. was heartbroken and thanked the public for their support. He also noted that the show, originally scheduled for April 1, will go ahead as planned.
“Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during this time,” he said via a message on Instagram and other social media, adding that his family encouraged him to perform at the concert. “Not only is it cured, I don’t want to disappoint fans who bought tickets.”
Williams’ musician son, Sam Williams, joined his father on stage in Mississippi, according to social media reports. The third-generation country singer posted some photos of the concert, and included lyrics to his father’s song “Weather Man” in the caption.
“I’ve been through too many ups and downs,” he wrote, labelling Hank Williams Jr.
Serena Williams also spoke about his mother’s death and paid an emotional tribute on social media, with family photos, old and new.
“I will always be Mary Jane’s son,” Sam wrote. “RIP Mom. I will always love you. Miss Spruce Creek High School, Miss Hawaii Tropical, Miss Mary Jane Williams, my forever mom, my everything.”
Mary Jane Williams died on March 22 at the age of 58. TMZ reported that her cause of death was a complication after a medical procedure, possibly a blood clot. A police spokesman in Jupiter, Florida, told the site that they received a call at 5 p.m. from the Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa that Mary Jane was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Hank Williams Jr. and Mary Jane met in 1985 at a concert he was performing. They were married in 1990 and have two children, Kate Williams-Dunning and Sam Williams. Their eldest son Kate tragically passed away in a car accident in 2020 at the age of 27.
Williams has some tour dates scheduled this summer, from May 27 in Billings, Montana, to August 12 at Beaver Dam, Kentucky.
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