LEBANON, Tenn. — Mike Kennedy, the longtime drummer for George Strait, was killed in a crash on Interstate 40 in Tennessee.
His death was confirmed by Paul Rogers on social media. Rogers is the production manager for Strait.
The crash happened just before 4 p.m. Friday in Lebanon, Tennessee and involved three vehicles.
The heart beat of our band is gone. Not sure how we will get back on stage without him. But we must. Much love and respect my dear friend Mike Kennedy.
— Paul Rogers (@PAULDROGERZ) September 1, 2018
According to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 59-year-old was traveling west while merging into another lane. He collided with a semi truck, and the semi then hit a pickup truck.
Kennedy, of Baxter, was killed in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
Further details were not immediately available as the investigation remained ongoing.