In March of this year, Hank Williams Jr. suddenly lost his third wife to an unknown condition after being together for more than three decades. The cause of her death was recently revealed, and Hank Jr. has since paid tribute to his wife.
Before he became a legendary musician, Hank Williams Jr. was married to his first wife, Gwen Yeargain. The couple tied the knot in 1971, and Hank subsequently rose to fame after that point.
Hank Jr. and Gwen welcomed one son, Shelton Hank Williams before their marriage concluded in divorce. The singer-songwriter, whose musical style was considered a blend of blues, Southern rock, and country, eventually found love again.
Hank Williams Jr and Gwen Yeargain in London, UK, on April 12, 1971. | Source: Getty Images
After his short-lived marriage to Gwen, Hank Jr. met Becky White. The singer and his second wife married in 1977 and welcomed two daughters, including Holly Audrey Williams, a renowned artist like her father.
In 2004, Holly released her first studio album, "The Ones We Never Knew," followed by 2009's "Here with Me" and then 2013's "The Highway." Hank Jr.'s daughter's third album was released under her label, Georgiana Records, and reached number 146 on the Billboard 200.
White and Hank Jr.'s marriage also ended in divorce in 1983. According to reports, the former couple went their separate ways due to an unknown misunderstanding, and White stayed out of the spotlight after their marriage dissolved.
HANK JR'S THIRD WIFE, WHO PASSED ON IN 2022, AND HIS FOUR CHILDREN
Mary Jane Thomas and Hank Williams Jr. during the 24th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, on April 10, 1989. | Source: Getty Images
After Hank Jr.'s second marriage concluded, the star met his future wife, Mary Jane Thomas. The singer and the former Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion model met at one of his concerts in 1985.
They married in 1990 and welcomed three children, Katherine Diane, Samuel, and Hillary, together. According to Distractify, Holly, named after her grandmother Audrey Mae, was born on March 12, 1981, in Cullman, Alabama.
Her parents were married for ten years but went their different ways when she was young. Holly followed in her father's footsteps when she started playing the guitar when she was 17 and toured with other famous country musicians like Billy Bob Thornton and Keith Urban.
She married fellow musician Chris Coleman on September 27, 2009. By 2022, the couple had welcomed three children whom they reside in Nashville, Tennessee, and in the same town, Hank Jr.'s daughter opened up her own women's boutique called "H. Audrey."
Holly's older sister, Hillary, was welcomed on February 26, 1979. She also tried her hand at country music by releasing an album titled "My Lucky Stars" in 2018, which she co-wrote with Holly after they got into a car accident.
Many of the tracks on the album are about their near-death experience. On December 12, 1972, Hank Jr. welcomed his firstborn child, Shelton, who also caught the music bug at a young age.
Hank Williams Jr. and Shelton Hank Williams III at the 24th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 10, 1989, in Burbank, California. | Source: Getty Images
In his early years, he played the drums in punk rock bands before signing a music contract with Nashville's Curb Records. He released his first solo album, "Risin' Outlaw," in September 1999.
In 2004, his second one, "Straight to Hell," was released, and it was the first major-label country album to have a parental advisory warning. Katherine Hank Jr.'s other daughter, Katherine, married the love of her life, Tyler Dunning, on October 15, 2015.
Hilary, Holly, and Katherine Williams during the second annual ACM Honors event on September 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images
During the union, they welcomed two children, a son Beau Weston and a daughter Audrey Jane. She started a clothing company called "Weston Jane," where she sold handmade items created or printed by fellow mothers.
She was Hank Jr.'s only child who didn't pursue a career in music. Her biological brother, Samuel, attended Music City's Belmont University before dropping out to focus on his music career.
In 2016, he released his first single, "Darkwater," and later wrote "The Lost Grandchild's Plea," a song in memory of his grandparents, Hank and Audrey Williams. The star's grandparents passed on before he was born.
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MARY JANE'S DEATH AND SAYING GOODBYE
After 32 years of marriage, Hank Jr. lost his wife on March 22, 2022, at age 58. According to TMZ, the Florida Police Department received a medical call to the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa at around 5 p.m. on the day of Mary's death.
The day before her death, the singer's wife traveled to Jupiter, Florida, for a liposuction procedure and breast implant removal. The cause of her death was only released months after she was pronounced dead at a hospital.
On July 25, 2022, a Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's public report ruled her death accidental. The coroner's examination revealed that Mary's death was caused by a collapsed lung that was punctured during elective surgery, stating it as:
"[A] pneumothorax due to perforated parietal pleura during liposuction with autologous fat reinjection procedure."
After her death, Mary received several Twitter and Instagram tributes from her family members, including her loving husband. On April 29, 2022, Hank Jr. shared several throwback images of him and his late wife.
In the caption, he revealed that they met on July 4, 1984, when Mary was 20. The meeting happened at a Hawaiian Tropic bikini outdoor concert in Washington, D.C., where he thought his future wife was "drop-dead gorgeous!" adding"
"That’s the day my world changed forever.”
The musician continued revealing that his wife, from Daytona Beach, traveled to Montana's snow-covered mountains to fall in love with him. He also noted her passion for hunting, sharing how good she was at it.
Hank Jr. said his wife was so versatile that she could also dress up well for award ceremonies, where the media couldn't get enough of her. The star shared how Mary had hunted in Africa, where she slept in the open while listening to hippos, lions, and hyenas.
The pair had also visited Alaska to hunt moose and Kodiak bears, while the adventurous couple went fishing in South America. The singer recalled happy times with his wife at their Montana Ranch and house.
He proudly revealed that his wife "could and did do it all." Mary's husband celebrated all the 38 "wonderful years" that she'd been with him and described her as a "kind spirit" with an endearing and beautiful love that carried on in the hearts of the son, their grandsons, and granddaughter.
Hank Jr. concluded his post by sharing that his wife would be loved and missed forever by many. After Samuel's mother's death, he honored her with a loving message to People magazine.
He described Mary as a "beautiful soul" who'd touched everyone who'd known her. The musician said his mother's presence and smile lit up rooms while she'd never met someone she didn't befriend.
Hank Jr.'s son said Mary had a giving and gentle spirit but could take down a buck and fix her grandchildren's dinner all at once! However, he felt she was now radiating from above with his late sister, Katherine.
Samuel said his mother had grown up cheerleading and competing in baton. He shared how his parents lived a powerful love story, traveling, hunting, and raising a family, before wishing her peaceful rest.
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