Craig Strickland's Bandmates React to His Death: 'He Is Smiling Down on Us'

by Alex Ungerman 5:43 PM PST, January 04, 2016
Playing Craig Strickland's Bandmates React to His Death: 'He Is Smiling Down on Us'

Backroad Anthem is remembering their late friend.

The country musician's body was discovered on Monday in Oklahoma after he had been reported missing since Dec. 26, and Strickland's band members posted a picture and message to Facebook, writing, "Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate."

"Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn't be matched," the band wrote. "Thankful to know he fought his way from the water to a hill and was lying in the shape of a cross on his back looking up to his Heavenly Father."

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The band then quoted a Bible verse, Revelations 21:4, writing, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

"We pray today for God to wrap his arms around Randy, Joanne, Helen, and the family, and to help us through this extremely difficult time," the post concluded. "We want to thank every single friend, fan, and family member for your thoughts, prayers, and love. Today he is smiling down on us and we know he will always be with us. He will always be here to help guide us along the way. We love you Craig Strickland and we will forever miss you!"

Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life...

Posted by Backroad Anthem onMonday, January 4, 2016

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Late Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Public Affairs Office told ET that it is "gathering all the facts related to the recovery of Craig M. Strickland and Chase Morland. We are working to get you answers to the questions you have asked and will have an official statement for you in the morning."

The 29-year-old's body was discovered in Bear Creek Cove, after the singer's friend Chase R. Morland, 22, was found on Dec. 28.

Strickland's wife, Helen, posted after the musician's body was discovered, saying that he died of hypothermia.

“The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in,” she wrote on Instagram. “He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep.”

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“They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father,” she continued. “Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life.”

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