Country singer Jake Flint dead at 37, hours after wedding
Jake Flint, a country music singer and songwriter, known as the Father of the New Nashville Sound, has died at his home in Hendersonville. He was 37.
At approximately 10:47 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 24, police received a 911 call from his wife, who told them she had received some text messages from someone who said he was at their house and there was a shotgun in the trunk of their car.
Flint was shot twice in the head and once in the chest as he walked from the trunk of his SUV toward the back door of his house, according to an obituary. As he got closer to the door he collapsed.
In his last text message to his wife and daughter, Jake told them he loved them and had a plan. He thanked God, and said he was going to make a little money by writing songs.
“Please keep you and the kids safe,” he texted.
Flint was in the business of writing songs, but he also worked as a lawyer and was a self-employed carpenter who had a home renovation business. He sang songs like “Goodnight Irene” for his live shows.
Flint was born Feb. 22, 1971, in West Union, Iowa, but lived in Henderson County with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Sydney.
“I just heard the news. I was stunned over the phone,” said Lisa, who had flown in to be with her husband.
She was working in Hendersonville, near where Jake was set to play his show in Southside.
Lisa said she heard the news from her daughter, and was waiting for her to return home from work. The younger Flint was at the movies with her mother, and when Lisa called Sydney to inform her.
“I was in shock. I had a heart attack in the theater,” Sydney said. “I just couldn’t believe he was gone.”
Sydney said she couldn’t believe her father was gone yet she knew he was still alive.
“He was singing one of my favorite songs tonight. My dad was a country music singer, and I don’t know what I would have done without him,” Sydney said.
Lisa said she and Jake will