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Fans Pour Out Their Grief After the Death of Alan Jackson’s Son-in-Law

Tragedy struck this young couple and the country music star this week — the condolences keep coming

Image Credit: Mattie Selecman/Facebook

Fans nationwide and so many others have been sharing their heartbreak, grief and condolences on social media after tragedy struck country music star Alan Jackson’s family this past week.

Jackson’s son-in-law — Ben Selecman, 28 and the husband of his oldest daughter, Mattie (both shown above) — passed away after a sudden and tragic accident.

The young husband was merely trying to help another human being who needed an assist — and tragically lost his own life in the process.

Selecman was in Florida, according to reports, and was trying to help a woman onto a boat when he fell and suffered a serious blow to his head.

He was rushed to the hospital and attended to by medical professionals, but ultimately he passed away from “severe traumatic head injuries,” as The Tennessean noted.

Selecman had been working as an assistant district attorney for Davidson County in Nashville, Tennessee.

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“He was really a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him, but I’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great,” Glenn Funk, the district attorney, told The Tennessean about the young man.

Following his passing, the Selecman family released a heartfelt obituary that detailed his devotion to God and his deep love for his family.

“Samuel Benton Selecman, age 28, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded and beloved by his wife, parents, and close family members,” the obituary noted.

“Born on August 21, 1990, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ben had as big a heart for God as he did ‘God’s Country,’ his self-ascribed name for the hills of East Tennessee where he grew up.”

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“The town of Farragut was home to Ben, his parents, Mark and Brenda, and his younger brother, Cole, from childhood throughout his undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee,” the obituary continued. “His drive, charisma, and heart for justice sent him to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law, where he earned his Master’s Degree, Doctor of Jurisprudence. Ben worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Davidson County DA’s Office from April 2017 until his passing.”

“A committed follower of Christ, Ben lived out the Great Commission with unconditional love for all those he knew, and a humble prayer for those he didn’t.”

It also said, “A man who always put his family first and never met a stranger, Ben had a true disciple’s spirit and a knack for making all those around him feel adored and respected. A lifelong lover of nature and avid hunter and fisherman, Ben cherished God’s creation and found peace and life in the outdoors. An east Tennessee boy through and through, his soul always hummed of classic country music. A committed follower of Christ, Ben lived out the Great Commission with unconditional love for all those he knew, and a humble prayer for those he didn’t.”

“Ben is survived by his wife, Mattie; father and mother, Mark and Brenda; and his brother, Cole (Morgan).”

Watch the young couple’s wedding video below — then see fan comments about the tragedy right below that.

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