Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Katherine, 27, killed in car accident
Katherine Williams-Dunning, the daughter of country singer Hank Williams Jr. and his third wife Mary Jane, died in a car accident in Tennessee on Saturday evening. She was 27.
Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment that Williams-Dunning had sustained fatal injuries when the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe crashed at 7:45 p.m. Her husband, Tyler J. Dunning, 29, was sitting in the passenger seat and was flown to a nearby emergency room with injuries.
Williams-Dunnings vehicle drove south on Highway 79 while towing a boat as it crossed the median of the highway and, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, began a rollover sequence. The vehicle crossed the lanes in a northerly direction and finally stopped on the east shoulder of the road.
Katherine Williams-Dunning, the 27-year-old daughter of country singer Hank Williams Jr., died in a car accident in Tennessee. (Photo: Scott Legato / Getty Images)
"This is an active investigation and further details will be made available later," said a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, according to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.
On his Facebook page, Katherine's brother, musician Sam Williams, used social media to request prayers for his family. The page has since been removed.
The 71-year-old father of Williams-Dunning is the son of legendary country star Hank Williams and famous for country rock hits like "Wild Streak" and his longstanding anthem for Monday Night Football. She was the youngest of Williams' five children, which includes country and punk rock performer Hank Williams III.
Williams-Dunning often posted photos of herself and her father on her Instagram page. Just two weeks ago, in honor of his birthday, she posted a childhood photo of herself in her father's arms.
"A step back to show you that I was always a papa girl!" Williams-Dunning wrote. "Congratulations to my daddio, my hero! The lessons you've taught me in this life are by far some of the most valuable gifts I'll ever get! I hope you had the best day! "
Williams-Dunning, mother of two, also ran a clothing company called Weston Jane. The products were handmade or printed by mothers, it says on the page. The family lived in Springville, Tenn.
On her Instagram page, Williams-Dunning's older sister Holly Audrey Williams shared a family photo taken on Friday.
"I have no words. On Friday morning I persuaded the family to take this picture and had no idea that it would be our last one with my precious little sister Katie. We all went to the funeral of my great aunt on Thursday, who we were they all loved each other very much and are now facing another, "she wrote." We only need prayers. My dad. My little brother. Katie's husband (he is awake and responsive; the extent of the injury is not yet known). My niece and my nephew. Your mom. The dunning family. We all. With that. Many. Prayers. Jesus is near. Thank you all. "
She concluded the article with a verse from the Bible: “Be gracious to me, Lord, because I am in need; My eyes go weak with grief, my soul and my body with grief. "
Williams Jr. has not yet made a public statement regarding the death of his daughter.
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