Alan Jackson Stands by Daughter in Heartbreaking Loss of her Husband

Country Music Legend Offers Comfort and Support During Difficult Time

Alan Jackson Stands by Daughter in Heartbreaking Loss of Husband

Country Legend Alan Jackson Battles Health Issues and Family Loss

Country music icon Alan Jackson (64) has captivated audiences for four decades with his signature blend of traditional and honky-tonk sounds. He's a Grand Ole Opry member, a Country Music Hall of Famer (inducted in 2017), and has sold a staggering 80 million records.


However, personal tragedies have also marked Jackson's life. Last year, he revealed a diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a degenerative nerve condition.

Family Tragedy Shapes Recent Work

Despite his success, Jackson and his family haven't been spared hardship. They're still grieving the loss of Ben Selecman, Mattie Jackson's husband, who died tragically in a boating accident in 2018. The 28-year-old assistant district attorney was trying to help someone when he fell and suffered fatal head injuries.

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This loss heavily influenced Jackson's recent albums, "Angels & Alcohol" (2015) and "Where Have You Gone" (2023).

Daughter Finds Strength in Faith

Mattie, with her father's support, has been processing her grief for the past three years. They even co-wrote a song, "Racing the Dark," marking their first creative collaboration. Fans can access the song by purchasing Mattie's upcoming book, "Lemons on Friday: Trusting God Through My Greatest Heartbreak."

Country singer Alan Jackson attends his Hollywood Walk Of Fame Induction Ceremony with (L-R) daughter Mattie, daughter Dani, wife Denise and daughter Ali on April 16, 2010, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

The book details Mattie's journey through loss and healing through faith. It also highlights her co-founding of NaSHEville, a company empowering women in Nashville's music scene.

The book features a foreword by Alan and his wife, Denise, a New York Times bestseller. They share their experience supporting Mattie and grieving the loss of a beloved family member.

Living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

Beyond family tragedy, Alan also faces personal health challenges. He recently opened up about his decade-long battle with CMT disease. This condition affects his balance and walking, and unfortunately, there's no cure.

"It's not going to kill me," Alan shared, "but it's getting progressively worse." Despite the challenges, he has no plans to retire and hopes to continue performing for many years to come.

We wish you all the best, Alan! Your music continues to inspire countless fans, including myself.

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