Alan Jackson's Son-in-Law Falls and Dies While Helping a Woman

Photo credit: Terry Wyatt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Terry Wyatt - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Alan Jackson is asking for prayers following the tragic accident that took the life of his son-in-law, Samuel Benton "Ben" Selecman. The 28-year-old attorney, at left in the above photo, was married to the country star's oldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, second from left.

The Miami Herald reports that Ben was helping a woman onto a boat in West Palm Beach, Florida, last week when he slipped and fell. According to a statement posted on Alan's website, the Knoxville, Tennessee, native and University of Tennessee, Knoxville graduate sustained "severe traumatic head injuries."

"The Jackson and Selecman families ask for - and appreciate - prayers during this difficult time," the statement continued.

Ben's unexpected death comes just before his and Mattie's one-year wedding anniversary this October. After earning his law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Ben was working as Assistant D.A. at the Nashville-Davidson County District Attorney's Office.

"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," Davidson District Attorney Glenn Funk told The Tennessean.

Ben attended the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Induction alongside his father-in-law, who was being honored, mother-in-law, Denise, wife, and sisters-in-law, Dani and Alexandra.

(h/t: Miami Herald)

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