What a bittersweet tribute. Only one day after Craig Strickland was found dead after a week-long search, his former band, Backroad Anthem, released the singer’s final music video recorded before his tragic death. Watch it here.
As fans mourn the loss of Craig Strickland after the 29-year-old singer was sadly discovered dead on Jan. 4, his country group gave them the ultimate reminder of the amazing musician he was. Backroad Anthem shared the music video for their song “Torn” on Jan. 5, featuring Craig doing what he loved and giving one last look at Craig’s career that was cut short far too soon.
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The video, which was shot last year, features Craig in a red t-shirt, looking happy as can be while he provides background vocals on the love song. The sing-along vid is surely a bittersweet one for fans, as it is Craig’s final music video.
While the news of Craig’s death is still fresh, his former bandmates, Toby Freeman, Eric Dysart, Josh Bryant, Brandon Robold and Isaac Senty, thought the vid was the best way to remember their late friend. “We wanted to finally release the video and share with everyone so you could have a chance to see Craig doing what he loved,” the guys wrote in a caption for the video on their Facebook. “We are so proud of how it turned out, and we know Craig was too.”
Craig and his buddy, Chase Morland, were on a duck hunting trip on Dec. 27 when their boat capsized. After initially being declared missing on Dec. 28, Chase was tragically found dead that same day, but hope remained alive for another week while authorities searched to find Craig. Although Craig’s dog, Sam, was found alive, the singer sadly didn’t make it and was confirmed dead after being found on Jan. 4.
Craig’s surviving Backroad Anthem members also paid tribute to him when his body was found in a touching Instagram message. Along with a selfie shot of Craig and the guys, they wrote, “Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life could not be matched.” Including a Bible verse and prayers, they concluded, “Today he is smiling down on us and we know he will always be with us. He will always be here to help guide us along the way. We love you Craig Strickland and we will forever miss you!” Watch the “Torn” video below.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Craig’s band posting their music video two days after his death? Is it sweet or too soon? Let us know what you think below!