BY RYAN SMITH
The widow of rising country star Jake Flint has shared video footage from their wedding, which was filmed hours before his sudden death aged 37.
Flint’s publicist Clif Doyal confirmed to The Oklahoman that the Tulsa-based singer-songwriter died in his sleep after exchanging nuptials with Brenda Flint on Saturday. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Photos from Jake’s social media of him and Brenda relaxing. The country singer has passed away at the age of 37, hours after getting married on Saturday. JAKE FLINT/INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK
“He was not only a client, he was a dear friend and just a super nice guy,” Doyal said of the musician in the Red Dirt genre, named after the color of soil found in Oklahoma. “As you can see from the outpouring on social media, he was loved by everybody.
“I think a lot of it was just that he was a people person, and he had an amazing sense of humor. He made everybody laugh, and he made everybody feel welcome. He was an ambassador for Oklahoma Red Dirt music.”
On Monday, Flint’s grieving widow, Brenda, shared video footage of the two looking happy and playful at their wedding in rural Oklahoma.
As a photographer angled his lens at the smiling newlyweds, they were seen dancing together before sharing a kiss and wrapping their arms around one another.
Captioning the 30-second clip, which attracted an outpouring of supportive comments, Brenda Flint wrote: “I don’t understand.”
Further expressing her grief on Tuesday, Brenda Flint said in a separate Facebook post that her “heart is gone” and she “can’t take much more.”
“We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in,” she wrote.
“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 Flint’s former manager Brenda Cline wrote in a statement shared on Facebook on Sunday that she loved him “much like a son.”
The “Long Road Back Home” singer, whose tour was set to resume on December 2 in Claremore, Oklahoma, died shortly before he was due to work with Cline again.
“With a broken heart and in deep grief I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away,” Cline wrote, alongside a photo of the two posing together while Flint held a contract. “I’ve tried several times today to make a post, but you can’t comment on what you can’t process.
“The photo below is when Jake and I excitedly signed our artist management contract. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and partnership. Jake was even more than that to me, I loved him much like a son.”
“The funniest, most hilarious, hardest working, dedicated artist I have ever worked with in my career,” she went on. “We were just about to embark on some business together after he and Brenda got married—which was yesterday. Yes—yesterday.”
Cline added: “Jake has a million friends and I’m not sure how everyone will cope with this tragic loss. We need prayers—it’s all so surreal. Please please pray for his new wife Brenda, Jake’s precious mother, his sister and the rest of his family and friends. This is going to be incredibly difficult for so many. We love you Jake and in our hearts forever.”
One-man band Mike Hosty, who performed at the Flints’ wedding on Saturday, told The Oklahoman about the “fun” but “rainy” celebratory event, which took place at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso.
“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.
“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.”
“I still have the mud in my old van,” Hosty added, “but it was just a fun wedding. And it’s just a tragedy what happened.”
Paying tribute to Flint, Hosty said: “He was a singer-songwriter, through and through, and just a big personality, a big heart, and [he’d] bend over backwards to do anything for you.
“When any musician asks you to play at their wedding, it’s one of those most important days… and it’s always an honor. I really just like remembering that happy moment of seeing them being married… but I really feel for Brenda.”
Country singer Flint had announced his engagement back in January, sharing a photo of himself posing alongside his bride-to-be, who sported a sparkling ring.
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“So. We did a thing,” he captioned the selfie. “Say hello to the future Mr. Brenda Wilson. #gettinhitched See y’all at Cain’s ballroom in a few months.”
On the late singer’s website, it read that Flint’s love of music was sparked as a child, after his father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Concerned about his inability to play sports with his son, Flint’s dad got his friends to teach the youngster to play guitar and take him to bluegrass music festivals.
Jake Flint went on to release his debut album, I’m Not OK, in 2016, with his self-titled sophomore album coming out in 2020.
Following the musician’s death, a GoFundMe page with a $10,000 goal has been set up to raise money for his family.