On Tuesday, his wife shared her own unimaginable heartbreak, also posting on Facebook: “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. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can't take much more. I need him here.”
The day after his death she posted a video from their big day, with the caption: “I don’t understand.”
Cline added in her Facebook post: “We were about to embark on some business together after he and Brenda got married- which was yesterday. Yes-yesterday.”
Sharing a photo of the two of them clutching his freshly signed management contract she wrote: “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.”
Jake's manager Brenda said he was 'like a son' to her@Brenda Cline/Facebook
Jake was born in south-eastern Oklahoma to a “wildcat oilman and a hard-working mother of two,” according to his website.
He developed a love of music after his father was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and “commissioned a couple of his lifelong best friends to teach Jake to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals.”
His best-known singles include ‘Long Road Back Home’, ‘Hurry Up and Wait’, ‘Cowtown,’ and ‘What’s Your Name’.
He was due to play a concert in Claremore, Oklahoma, this Friday.
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