Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jake Flint died in his sleep hours after his wedding and now his new bride is left shattered and broken-hearted.
The 37-year-old musician died on Saturday night. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Flint and Brenda were exchanging wedding vows at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso near Tulsa on Saturday night.
But hours later the groom tragically died in his sleep, The Oklahoman reported.
On Tuesday, the heartsick bride wrote: ‘We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in. People aren’t meant to feel this much pain,’ Brenda said.
‘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, 37, and his love Brenda (pictured) were married at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso near Tulsa on Saturday night
The shock and grief were apparent in the Oklahoma music community Monday as word spread of Flint’s sudden and untimely death
On Tuesday, the heartsick bride wrote: ‘We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in. People aren’t meant to feel this much pain,’ Brenda said. ‘My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can’t take much more. I need him here’
The shock and grief were apparent in the Oklahoma music community Monday as word spread of his sudden and untimely death.
Flint’s longtime publicist Clif Doyal, confirmed the news of the singer’s death, the news outlet reported.
‘He was not only a client, he was a dear friend and just a super nice guy. 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,’ Doyal said.
‘He was an ambassador for Oklahoma Red Dirt music.’
Flint’s manager, Brenda Cline, announced his passing in a social media post.
‘With a broken heart and in deep grief I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away,’ Cline wrote. ‘I’ve tried several times today to make a post, but you can’t comment on what you can’t process.’
Though it rained on their wedding day, the weather did not dampen the couple’s spirits who said their ‘I do’s,’ in front of all their friends and family.
Mike Hosty, a one-man band from Norman who played at the wedding told The Oklahoman. ”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.’
He said: ‘I still have the mud in my old van … but it was just a fun wedding. And it’s just a tragedy what happened.’
The couple (pictured) were in the middle of taking some of their wedding photos as they hoped to spend a lifetime together
The couple kissing during their wedding that took place on Saturday night in Oklahoma
Flint’s manager Brenda Cline was overcome with grief and shock as she delivered the heartbreaking news Sunday night in a social media post
Flint a Red Dirt singer/songwriter was from the rural Mounds, Oklahoma.
Born in 1985, Flint was raised in the oilfield boom town of Holdenville in South Eastern Oklahoma, the son of a wildcat oilman and a hard-working mother of two.
According to his bio, he was transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Jake says he was always the ‘outcast country kid in the city.’
Jake’s father was a music lover and raised him on John Denver, James Taylor and Dire Straits along with various Texas singer/songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine and others.
Because of his shortcomings at fitting in as a city kid, Jake tagged along with his older sister’s crowd and got a hefty dose of 90s grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Foo Fighters.
He was also exposed to Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Guster, David Grey or whatever else he heard coming from his sister’s room.
Jake’s first introduction to playing music was a result of his father having been diagnosed with A.L.S. or Lou Gherig’s Disease and was not able to physically provide interaction to his son.
Concerned about not being able to participate with Jake in sports, his father commissioned a couple of his lifelong best friends to teach Jake to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals. Jake discovered a love of bluegrass music which soon transitioned into a love for jam bands such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. It was at this time that Jake was inspired to write his own music, his bio said.
Jake’s next musical phase was his discovery of songwriters born out of the Texas and Oklahoma music scene past and present; Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Boland, Canada, McClure, Chris Knight among countless others. This is where Jake found himself, his musical inspiration, and launched his own singer/songwriting career.
On his website it shares that Jake recently wrote and recorded his first record produced by Mike McClure in the Boohatch Studio, in Ada, Oklahoma. The record is similar in musical stylings as the Great Divide and Cross Canadian Ragweed as Jake intended. With the help of Mike McClure and his band mate Taylor Reed, along with Jon Knudson from Whiskey Myers, and Jake’s good friend Cody Woody, they performed all the instrumentation on the record.
Jake admits that at too young of an age he experienced many of life’s highs and lows including losing his father. He claims he’s floated through life loving, hating, gaining, losing, experimenting, witnessing, missioning, sinning, breaking the law, paying the consequences while openly and candidly writing about it all, the website says.
Jake plays solo acoustical performances and with his band at venues all over Oklahoma, Texas, and surrounding states. His new single “What’s Your Name” and his sophomore “Self-Titled” Studio Album will be released to Texas and Oklahoma radio and all digital media outlets February 15, 2020.