Country Star Alan Jackson's Son-in-Law Dies at Age 28


Country legend Alan Jackson’s son-in-law passed away suddenly this week while he was in Florida. His death came only weeks before his first wedding anniversary with Jackson’s daughter.

Samuel Benton “Ben” Selecman was only 28 years old when he passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, according to WKRN.

The Knoxville native is survived by his wife, Mattie, his two parents, Mark and Brenda, his brother, Cole, and his sister-in-law, Morgan. Ben and Mattie had been married less than a year before his unexpected death.

While on vacation with family in West Palm Beach, Ben fell off of a boat deck as he was helping a woman onto a boat and hit his head, the Miami Herald reported. He had been in the hospital for over a week before his head injuries proved to be fatal.

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No other details about his death have been released at this time.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and obtained his law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He was an up-and-coming attorney at the Nashville-Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Glenn Funk said in a statement, “The DA’s office is thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson County. Our prayers are with Ben’s family. He will be truly missed.”

Universal Music Group Nashville, Alan Jackson’s record company, also released a statement regarding Ben’s death.

“Samuel Benton ‘Ben’ Selecman – husband of Mattie Jackson Selecman, son-in-law of country artist Alan Jackson – died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Selecman, a Nashville resident, had recently suffered severe traumatic head injuries in a fall. He was 28 years old,” UMG Nashville said.

“The Jackson and Selecman families ask for – and appreciate – prayers during this difficult time.”

A visitation for those close to Ben and his family will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16 and a service to honor his life will be held on Monday, Sept. 17, according to the Daily Mail.

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In lieu of flowers, Ben’s family has requested that people consider donating to St. Mary’s Medical Trauma Center for Brain Trauma Research.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and friends as they mourn his unexpected death.

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