Red dirt singer-songwriter Jake Flint unexpectedly died over the weekend (Nov. 26), just hours after he married his bride, Brenda Wilson. The Oklahoma native was only 37 years old and passed away in his sleep.
Flint's long-time publicist Clif Doyal confirmed the devastating news to The Oklahoman. He described the vocalist as a "people person" with an "amazing sense of humor." As an overwhelming amount of love pours in from the country community and fans, Flint's family broke their silence.
"Our hearts are broken over this tragic loss. Jacob was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and partner to his wife, Brenda," shared a statement obtained by KTUL-TV. "He valued his family, friendships, and living life to the fullest, which was evident in his songwriting. Every person who knew him has a story of his wit, charm, talent, and compassion."
Flint's family continued to thank his listeners for their endless support during this difficult time.
"We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and the many beautiful tributes that have been shared about the impact Jacob had on many lives," read the tribute. "While we grieve what we know could have been, we're grateful that his talent and love live on in his songs."
The ABC Affiliate declared that the funeral would be held on Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at Cedar Point Church – 1660 North Lynn Riggs Boulevard in Claremore. For the ones who can't attend the scheduled services, the family is requesting donations to the Red Dirt Relief Fund instead of flowers.
The nonprofit serves as an "Oklahoma music safety net" and helps artists in the state. According to the RDRF official website, the organization provides grants to creatives in financial trouble. A GoFundMe was also made to support Flint's family and wife. The fundraiser has already surpassed their goal, raising $10,875 of $10,000.
Shortly after the death, Flint's wife turned to Facebook (Nov. 29) to share a heart-wrenching update.
"We should be going through wedding photos, but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in," wrote the widow. "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."
Flint's manager Brenda Cline also issued a lengthy statement that touches upon his rise in the industry and their tight-knit relationship. The snapshot featured the two beaming, while holding up a document that changed the trajectory of his career.
"With a broken heart and in deep grief, I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away. 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," Cline declared. "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 mentioned that they had big plans together to push his artistry forward.
"We were just about to embark on some business together after he and Brenda got married – which was yesterday. Yes – yesterday. Jake has a million friends, and I'm not sure how everyone will cope with this tragic loss," she said. "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."
Flint was born in 1985 in South Eastern Oklahoma. The late artist dedicated his livelihood to his craft, as his father raised him James Taylor, John Denver, Dire Straits, John Prince, and more. When his old man got diagnosed with A.L.S. (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Flint decided to pursue music professionally.
The bluegrass crooner released his first album, "I'm Not OK" in 2016, which Mike McClure produced. It was in 2020 that Flint dropped his self-titled sophomore album. Following the 10-song collection that includes "What's Your Name," "Long Road Back Home," and fan favorite "Fireline," Flint shared a handful of live recordings from Tulsa's Mercury Lounge.