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Mike Kennedy, George Strait's Longtime Drummer, Dies: Killed in a Crash Accident

Updated On 03 Sep, 2018 Published On

Mike Kennedy, the longtime drummer for musician George Strait, has died in a car accident in Lebanon, Tennessee, officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed on Sunday, August 2.

The officials said that Mike, 59, was driving an SUV westbound I-40W highway on Thursday, August 30 when his car merged into the right lane and collided with a tractor-trailer, resulting in a tragic car crash.

Ebie McFarland, a spokeswoman for country star George, confirmed that Mike, whose real name is, Michael A. Kennedy, passed away on Friday, August 31.

Mike was killed in the collision but one else was killed or injured. He was not wearing the seat belt, but according to officials, that would not have affected backlash of the crash.

Following Mike's passing, George took to Instagram to released a statement on the tragic incident.

Alongside of a couple of photos of the late drummer, he wrote,

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.

Here's the post, check it out.

Mike worked with George's Ace in the Hole Band for nearly 20 years. He first drummed on the King of Country’s album Holding My Own in 1992. He also had played with Ricky Skaggs and Barbara Fairchild.

Mike's funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

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