Country star Alan Jackson’s family devastated after freak accident kills son-in-law

Country superstar Alan Jackson was hit with some heartbreaking news earlier this week when his son-in-law, Ben Selecman, died after a boating accident.

Selecman, who is married to Jackson’s daughter Mattie, was helping a woman onto a boat in Florida when he reportedly fell and hit his head.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital from what the Tennessean called “severe traumatic head injuries.”

He was 28.

“Rising star”

Much of the information known about Selecman’s death has come from the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office in Nashville, where, according to the Tennessean, Selecman “worked as an assistant district attorney.”

“He was really a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him,” Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk told the Tennessean on Thursday, “but I’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great.”

Although he worked to make a difference in his Tennessee community, Selecman is best known for being the son-in-law of superstar and Grammy winner Alan Jackson, who won Album of the Year at the 2003 Country Music Awards and has made quite a career for himself as a country singer.

Jackson has had major hits like “Chattahoochee;” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox;” “Where Were You,” which was a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” which he sang alongside Jimmy Buffet and which has become an unofficial anthem of Buffet’s acclaimed Margaritaville restaurants.

Jackson also won the Academy of Country Music’s Video of the Year award in 2002 for his song, “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” which includes an homage to his daughters, Mattie and Morgan, the former of which later married Selecman.

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Gone too soon

Other than his wife Mattie, her sister Morgan, her mother Denise, and his country star father-in-law, Selecman leaves behind his parents and one brother.

According to the Tennessean, Funk said the district attorney’s office where Selecman worked is “thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson County.”

“Our prayers are with Ben’s family,” Funk added. “He will be truly missed.”

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