Died Suddenly: Beloved Oklahoma Bluegrass Singer Songwriter Jake Flint, 37, Dies Hours After Marrying
Entire Community in Shattered Shock: "To become a bride and a widow in just a few hours is unfathomable."
“Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jake Flint and his bride, Brenda, didn't seem to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they exchanged vows on Saturday at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso.
"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," said Norman-based one-man band Mike Hosty, who played the wedding.
"I still have the mud in my old van ... but it was just a fun wedding. And it's just a tragedy what happened."
On Sunday morning, Hosty got word that Flint had died in his sleep, just hours after exchanging vows with his bride.
"He was a singer-songwriter, through and through, and just a big personality, a big heart, and (he'd) bend over backwards to do anything for you. When any musician asks you to play at their wedding, it's one of those most important days ... and it's always an honor," Hosty said.
"I really just like remembering that happy moment of seeing them being married ... but I really feel for Brenda."
The shock and grief were apparent in the Oklahoma music community Monday as word spread of Flint's sudden death at the age of 37. His longtime publicist, Clif Doyal, confirmed to The Oklahoman that the Red Dirt singer-songwriter had died in his sleep following his wedding on Saturday.
The cause of death has not yet been determined.”
"I have never met a new artist that was so loved and had so many fans. It takes you years to build that — and that's what Jake had. Oh my gosh, he was adored and loved by everybody. Jake didn't have an enemy in the world. He was willing to do anything for anybody ... and he had a very good business mind. There's only one Jake Flint," said Brenda Cline, Flint's business adviser, former manager and partner on a planned business venture.
"It's a loss ... to many — and we're still just reeling in the shock and disbelief of this. We've all lost friends, we've all lost family members, it's life. But I don't think I've ever experienced such a shocking set of circumstances with losing someone and how cruel this for Brenda, his wife. To become a bride and a widow in just a few hours is unfathomable. I just can't imagine what she's going through."
Flint's wife, Brenda Wilson Flint, posted to Facebook a video clip from their wedding with the heart-rending message "I don't understand."
"He started playing music after his father, an avid music lover, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Since he wouldn't be able to participate in sports with his son, Flint's father commissioned a couple of friends to teach the future Red Dirt up-and-comer to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals."
“Looking for someone to do some quick, light alterations. Basically just tightening up some buttons on my dress. Who do we know?”
—Brenda Wilson Flint, Facebook, October 24
Posted by Brenda Flint on Facebook, on couple’s two year anniversary, August 10, with the words: “2 Years of love and lots of laughter, a lifetime left to go. Happy anniversary, my love.”
From comments section under article about Flint’s death in Oklahoman by Brandy McDonnell:
9 hours ago
But we all know what caused it don’t we
9 hours ago
Whole lot of speculating and innuendo but, No. We don't yet know.
8 hours ago
Yes. Life caused it. Everyone dies.
8 hours ago
If you're talking about him getting the Biden splinter, then yes.
Spend some time with Jake Flint’s music, which lives on. Extraordinary musician, and sweet funny, loving guy. This is unbearable.