Country music star Walker Hayes has announced the death of his newborn daughter. Hayes who is known for his hit track “You Broke Up With Me” said in a statement that “Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven.”
— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) June 7, 2018
As Billboard reported, Hayes was nominated for breakthrough video of the year for his video for “You Broke Up With Me” during Wednesday’s CMT Awards and was due to perform at the awards show in Nashville. Due to the tragic death of his daughter, the country musician decided to cancel his upcoming shows and spend time with his family.
The father of six has talked fondly of his children in the past, telling PEOPLE that they are super supportive of his increasingly successful music career.
“They’re so cute about it. They look at me like I’m Adam Levine,” he said in December 2017. “They’re just kids, but them being proud of me means so much to me, and I can tell that they are. They are my favorite things about life. I love each and every one of these kids and I can’t wait for another one. They’re all so beautiful and incredible, and watching them grow is the best thing I get to do on earth.”
— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) December 13, 2017
Walker has talked about his wife, Laney, and the incredible support she has been to him as he has risen through the music industry. “Everybody thinks I’m crazy having six kids and chasing this dream,” he said, adding that he tells his wife: “You’re crazier than anybody because you married me, and you’re still around for all this.”
Do pray for Walker and his family at this immensely difficult time.