Gretchen Wilson Heartbroken Over Loss

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2011 CMT Music Awards - Press Room

[photogallerylink id=3582 align=right]Three days ago [lastfm link_type=""]Gretchen Wilson[/lastfm] lost one of her family members–her uncle, Vern Heuer.  Mr. Heuer passed away after suffering a massive heart attack and was only 44 years of age.

Wilson’s uncle was featured in her ‘Redneck Woman’ video seven years ago.  In a statement released by Wilson she had this to say: “This obviously caught all of us by surprise, and we are just devastated.” ”I have a hole in my heart and a void in my life that will never be filled. Vern will not only be missed by my family and me but by everyone who was ever blessed to hear his laugh and see his smiling face. I will miss you, Vern.”  You may remember Gretchen’s uncle from an episode of 60 Minutes when he gave host Ed Bradley a tour of the Big O nightclub where Wilson used to work.

Wilson got the news of her uncle’s passing while en route to a concert in Nevada. That night, she shared the sad news with the audience in Laughlin and toasted her late uncle with some Jim Beam, which was his favorite drink. Wilson, is currently on tour with her Muzik Mafia posse, will be missing a show scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She will be back onstage to perform on Sept. 15.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this most difficult time.

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