Alan Jackson has millions of fans all over the world. This comes as a result of his decades-long career in traditional country and honky tonk music.
He is a member of the Grand OleOpry and they have sold over 80 million copies of their records.
But Alan has also been through some terrible tragedies lately, and he announced last year that he had been given a degenerative nerve disorder diagnosis.
Ben Selecman was killed in a boating accident in 2018 and the family is still grieving. In a tragic turn of events the 28-year-old, who was married to Mattie Jackson Selecman, lost his life while trying to help a woman onto a boat.
The Tennessean reported that Ben collapsed and hit his head while helping a woman into a boat. Unfortunately, Ben passed away from “severe traumatic head injuries” despite being taken to the hospital right away.
Employees at Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk, where Ben served as Assistant District Attorney, told The Tennessean that he will be deeply missed for his sense of humor and unwavering drive.
“He was really a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him, but I’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great,” their statement added.
Alan Jackson recently revealed that this family tragedy played a significant role in the inspiration for his albums Angels & Alcohol 2015 and Where Have You Gone from earlier this year.
During the last three years, Mattie suffered the loss of her husband and her father was the one who stayed very close to her. Babe and daughter admitted that father and he wrote: “Racing the dark”.
By purchasing Mattie’s upcoming book, Lemons on Friday: Trusting God Through My Greatest Heartbreak, fans of the celebrity can download the song. In the book, Mattie discusses how the death of her spouse affected her and how her faith helped her start the healing process. She also discusses how her suffering inspired her to co-found Nashville, a business that seeks to empower women in Music City, and how this gave her the drive to discover new strength.
An introduction by Alan and his wife, New York Times best-selling novelist Denise Jackson, is also included in the book. The married pair talked about their personal experiences when their daughter passed away, including how they came up with new ways to nurture her and how they coped with losing a new family member.
Unfortunately, Alan faced a health problem. He was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a degenerative nerve ailment.
His life was affected by the genetic disease passed on by his father. Unfortunately, it got worse over the years.
“There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable,” he told Jenna Bush Hager from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
The condition affects “the peripheral nervous system and causes balance problems by compromising smaller, weaker muscles in the body’s extremities.” The damage is mostly in the arms and legs.
“It’s not going to kill me. It’s not deadly,” Jackson shared. “But it’s related (to) muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.”
Please pray for Alan and his family.