George Strait has taken to social media following the death of his longtime drummer, Michael Kennedy, to issue a statement about how much Michael meant to him, the band and the fans. As would be expected, the superstar notes it is difficult to articulate the depth of such a loss.
Michael had played with George since 1987 and a host of other musicians including, Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, Barbara Fairchild and more.
Authorities say Michael's vehicle collided tractor-trailer, which then hit a pickup truck. No one else was injured.
Hard to put into words how much Mike's passing has affected us all. Our hearts are broken. It’s going to be very strange not being able to look over and see him there in his spot on stage and very emotional as well I’m sure for all of us and also his fans. The band will never be the same. A part of us is gone forever. We all loved Mike and will miss him terribly. He was just as solid a friend to us all as he was a drummer, and that was damn solid. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. The Lord has him now. Rest In Peace my friend. -- George Strait . . . B&W photo courtesy of The Kennedy Family; Color photo courtesy of Terry Calonge