George Strait's drummer, Mike Kennedy, died in a car accident late last week.
This is not the first time a car wreck took the life of someone close to him. In 1986, George's 13-year-old daughter died in a vehicle accident.
George posted a heartfelt message on social media about Kennedy.
Hard to put into words how much Mike's passing has affected us all. Our hearts are broken. It’s going to be very strange not being able to look over and see him there in his spot on stage and very emotional as well I’m sure for all of us and also his fans. The band will never be the same. A part of us is gone forever. We all loved Mike and will miss him terribly. He was just as solid a friend to us all as he was a drummer, and that was damn solid. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. The Lord has him now. Rest In Peace my friend. -- George Strait . . . B&W photo courtesy of The Kennedy Family; Color photo courtesy of Terry Calonge